A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES (MA15+)
Though hard-boiled crime author Lawrence Block has penned a stack of wellreceived books, movie adaptations have been sporadic. A great place to start is this gritty, greyed-out film noir featuring Block’s most enduring creation, lone-wolf New York private eye Matthew Scudder. It should be mentioned the role of Scudder, a lifelong alcoholic perpetually hovering between recovery and relapse, is played by Liam Neeson. For years, Neeson has been flooding the market with formulaic fare that has positioned him as a mature-age Mr Vengeance. But this very strong thriller is the best thing Neeson has done for ages.