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"300" and "Sin City,"▓ and who redefined Batman and Daredevil for the modern age, directed this adaptation of Will Eisner's comic-strip hero. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and a bevy of beauties, it may hav

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ritical praise). With "Grindhouse," what began as an explicit exercise in joyous B-movie cinema ▓homage -- a double bill of '70s-styl