Movies out today: bloodless vampires and lacklustre sci-fi

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Dracula Untold

The first of our new releases today is Dracula Untold, a “reimagining” of the story of Vlad Tepes, a.k.a. Dracula. Son of Vlad Dracul, Dracula is a peaceful and benevolent ruler, until he’s forced to make a deal with dark forces to stop an oncoming war.

Be warned, Dracula Now Told is PG-13, which means that it’s not nearly as dark as they could make it, which sadly leaves audiences that were craving a blood-soaked origin story wanting more. It isn’t completely toothless though, with impressive CG and decent enough acting from the main cast. Dracula: at least these vampires don’t sparkle gets 3/5 from Kervyn.

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I, Origins

I, Origins tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen (Brit Marling), they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs.

Well, anyone looking for a good follow up of Another Earth might be left disappointed by Mike Cahill’s second feature film. Clumsy, uneven, and overly ambitious, I, Origins has two different narratives and manages to go nowhere with either of them, leaving questions unanswered and too many plot threads dangling. 2.5/5 from Kervyn.

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The November Man

Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.

If you’re expected a decent spy thriller from The November Man, you’re unfortunately out of luck. By all accounts, it’s as generic, boring and forgettable as they come. With only 2/5 from Kervyn, you’ll probably have better luck waiting for Taken 3.

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Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2 continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery-thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail-made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world.

A follow up to a movie I’ve never even heard of, Dolphin Tale 2 is the embodiment of unassuming, wholesome, tug-on-heartstrings entertainment, with a dash of environmental preservation guilt-tripping thrown in. Currently sitting on 69% on Rotten Tomatoes, this is your best bet for a family-friendly new release this week.

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Last Updated: October 3, 2014

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Tracy Benson

All about movies, board games, cider, sci-fi, fantasy and geek culture.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    So Dracula didn’t get a sparkling seven, but a twinkling three?

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