A return to form is always welcome, and so it is for both Liam Neeson and the hard-boiled cop drama with “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” A throwback to the New York detective movies of the 1970s, “Tombstones” is methodically paced and bruising in its approach. Neeson plays a retired NYPD officer hired by a drug dealer to track down the men who kidnapped his wife, collected a ransom and brutally killed her anyway. This movie doesn’t stop with the cause-effect simplicity of “Taken,” but instead dives into the detective’s own shortcomings while the mystery slowly unfolds. There’s an actual investigation and not just a parade of action scenes for the sake of having action scenes. “A Walk Among the Tombstones” may not be an all-timer, but it’s a very nice surprise and a sturdy cop movie that should hold up better than most of its contemporaries.
Director: Scott Frank
Producer: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Tobin Armbrust, Brian Oliver, Kerry Orent, Lauren Selig, Mark Mallouk, Richard Toussaint, Adi Shankar, Spencer Silna, Tracy Krohn, Kate Bacon, Nigel Sinclair, Guy East and John Hyde
Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Boyd Holbrook, Maurice Compte, Adam Thompson, Brian "Astro" Bradley, Sebastian Roché, Mark Consuelos, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Laura Birn, Eric Nelson, Razane Jammal, Susham Bedi, Marielle Heller and Frank de Julio
A Walk Among the Tombstones