Byzan­tium

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Gemma Arter­ton and Saoirse Ro­nan play cen­turies-old mother-and­daugh­ter vam­pires in The Com­pany of Wolves di­rec­tor Neil Jor­dan’s gory Gothic thriller that makes some star­tling de­par­tures from tra­di­tional hor­ror lore to give the vam­pire genre a trans­fu­sion of new blood. The un­dead duo’s in­trigu­ing back story emerges slowly, and it is the bond be­tween Arter­ton’s fiercely pro­tec­tive mother and Ro­nan’s melan­choly daugh­ter that pro­vides the movie’s heart. 2012, 15, 118MIN

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