The Spirit

    Though “Sin City 2” has yet to make its anticipated arrival, Frank Miller tries to reignite his directorial career by flying solo with “The Spirit” — another comic-book translation reveling in film noir and preying on preteen hormones. Moving from his own graphic novels to Will Eisner’s famous 1940 series, Miller’s managed to update his high contrast by injecting color to streamlined cinematography. The bizarre aesthetics go way beyond anything Miller’s ever penned, but just in case you still need convincing, “The Spirit” boasts a buxom lineup of lusty femme fatales — including Scarlet Johansson and Eva Mendes — to lend live-action sex appeal. Add Samuel L. Jackson, in his latest B.A.M.F. incarnation as the kimono-clad drag king Octopus (as well as the title character’s mysterious masked identity) and there’s no doubt of a packed opening night — with a line overflowing the men’s restroom for once. In theaters Dec. 25.

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