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The Spirit

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Source: Catholic News Service

Artistically crafted but ultimately insubstantial adventure in which a slain policeman (Gabriel Macht) mysteriously returns as the invulnerable titular hero, working with the local police commissioner (Dan Lauria) and a physician (Sarah Paulson) to fight the schemes of a maniacal drug dealer (Samuel L. Jackson) and a seductive jewel thief (Eva Mendes). Despite considerable retro-noir flair and mostly stylized violence, writer-director Frank Miller's screen version of Will Eisner's classic comic-book series—his solo debut—fails to gain a grip on the viewer's emotions, since its villain is more flamboyant than hateful, and its womanizing protagonist has little going for him besides a tough hide. Generally stylized but briefly graphic violence, fleeting rear nudity, suicides, occasional sexual references and innuendo, much crass language and at least a dozen uses of profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III—adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13—parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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