Arts & Entertainment

‘Vampire Academy’ doesn’t cut it

From left: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Sarah Hyland.
From left: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, and Sarah Hyland.Credit: Laurie Sparham/The Weinstein Company

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Weird doesn’t begin to cover it,” says Rose (Zoey Deutch) minutes into director Mark Waters’s adaptation of Richelle Mead’s young-adult book series, “Vampire Academy.” She’s right; other adjectives would include contrived, ludicrous, cluttered, and derivative.

Like “City of Bones,” this attempt to capture the magic of the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” franchises tries too hard to pack all the backstory and borrowings into one film. It doesn’t help that screenwriter Daniel Waters (elder brother of Mark) chops the narrative into a farrago with less cohesion than a 104-minute trailer.

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