A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES (MA15+)
Though hard-boiled crime author Lawrence Block has penned a stack of well-received books (among them The Sins of the Fathers and All the Flowers are Dying), the movies are yet to properly make his acquaintance. This disconnect may finally end with a gritty, greyed-out film noir featuring Block’s most enduring creation, lone-wolf New York private eye Matthew Scudder. At this point, it should be mentioned the role of Scudder, a lifelong alcoholic perpetually hovering between recovery and relapse, is played by Liam Neeson. This could be a deal breaker for many potential viewers. For many years, Neeson has been flooding the market with formulaic fare that has positioned him as a mature-age Mr Vengeance. No need to worry here: this very strong thriller is the best thing Neeson has been involved with for ages.