A WALK AMONG THE TOMB­STONES (MA15+)

STAN

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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.

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