Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

(R) ★★☆☆☆

Adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) novel, which is more fun, this portrays Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) as a rail-splitting enemy of the vampires who killed his mother. The story also turns the Civil War into a battle between the humans of the North and the bloodsuckers from the Confederacy. It’s a little fun. But the director is sloppy and far too in love with slo-mo kill shots. A splattery diversion and not much more.

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Rock of Ages

By Tribune Media Services

(PG-13) ★★☆☆☆ The year is 1987; the place is L.A.’s Bourbon Room, whose debaucheries have drawn the ire of the clean-it-up! Mayor’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). All is riding on soul-spent rocker Stacie Jaxx (Tom Cruise). While the owner (Alec Baldwin) frets, young love blooms between two employees (Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta). While Cruise is certainly a sight, there’s something off in director Adam Shankman’s tone and pacing, leaving this a long way from true, trashy exhilaration.