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: I enjoyed
Neil Jordan's return to vampire movies at this year's Tribeca Film Festival; it also played the Northside Film Festival before it swoops into the IFC Center this weekend. This is the kind of accessible, well-wrought pulp that really ought to be getting a wider release; I'm not sure if I can blame Twilight
for so watering down and dummying up the idea of vampires, but that's the only thing that would make Byzantium
look art-house challenging. It does move at a slower pace, but nothing happens in those goddamn Twilight
movies, either, and at least this one has some scope and genuine feeling beneath its, okay, slightly too pronounced brooding. Gemma Arterton has probably her best role to date as an old bloodsucker slash hooker who looks a lot more like Gemma Arterton than you'd expect from a centuries-old being (or, for that matter, a hooker hanging out on fairgrounds). This lush-looking but low-key movie is better, to my recollection, than Jordan's Anne Rice adaptation from almost 20 years ago.