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A Walk Among the Tombstones

Director Scott Frank has skillfully adapted the Lawrence Block novel of the same name, producing a darkly atmospheric piece of cinema with strong film noir and hard-boiled vibes.



Set in 1999 amid the Y2K panic, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) is a disgraced NYPD cop turned unlicensed private detective who, as he eloquently frames it, does “favours” for people in return for “gifts”. Scudder’s services are enlisted by drug trafficker Kenny Kristo (Dan Stevens) after the criminal’s kidnapped wife was returned dead, despite having paid the ransom. But when he stumbles upon the trail of a pair of sociopathic serial killers, Scudder realises there’s much more at stake and must work to bring them down before they strike again.

Neeson has become somewhat of a late blooming action star, although he has verged on becoming a caricature of himself recently, with the Taken franchise gearing up for round three, 2011’s Unknown and last year’s Non-Stop. In contrast, though, his performance in A Walk Among the Tombstones is pleasantly subtle, making this dark and gritty film a joy to watch.

Review by Matt Blackwell

Super Hybrid

  

“Most cars run on fuel,” the tagline tells you. “This one runs on blood.” If you can overlook the ridiculousness of the concept for just a second, you probably still won’t enjoy this film. A car is brought into the Chicago police impound after a deadly accident, but the mechanics soon realise that this is no normal automobile. They are, in fact, dealing with a shape-shifting sentient capable of outrunning and outwitting humans. All in all, Super Hybrid offers little more than weak CGI and even weaker acting.

The Captive

In the bleak, unforgiving lands of Ontario, Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) returns to his truck to find his nine-year-old daughter Cassandra gone. Years later, when his relationship with his wife (Mireille Enos) has all but dissolved, the police uncover a new lead that suggests Cassandra is alive in captivity, being held by the head of a paedophile ring. Atom Egoyan’s psychological abduction thriller is, unfortunately, a rather heavy-handed take on a very serious theme.

Sharknado 2: The Second One

Who would’ve thought a sharknado could strike twice? Following the events of the deadly shark storm that hit Los Angeles, Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) must battle to save New York City from a similar freak weather system. An action-packed sequel full of cameos, guns and more sharks than you can shake a chainsaw at. Probably the best/worst movie you will see this year.

Bang, Bang

Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif star in the official remake of the Hollywood film Knight and Day. Harleen (Kaif) has a chance encounter with the charmingly enigmatic Rajveer, which results in a deadly chase, as the innocent receptionist becomes entangled with a spy attempting to clear his name. The minute-long teaser has gone on to become the most watched trailer in the history of Indias cinema.