Joely Richardson
Review: 'Vampire Academy' injects some new blood into the genre

Livelier and more amusing than its studio's advance-screening ban suggested, "Vampire Academy," based on the bestselling tween book series by Richelle Mead, should largely satisfy fans of the seemingly unkillable parade of hot-young-vampire tales. That said, this likable comedic-thriller is something of a narrative mishmash as the script by Daniel Waters ("Heathers") continually strains to explain — and then make good on — the dense ins and outs of Mead's secret society of good and bad vampires. To that end, there are apparently three kinds of vamps: the mortal, peaceful Moroi; the Dhampirs, which are the Moroi's half-vampire/half-human...