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Neil LaBute's last play in the West End was called Fat Pig. By the end of In a Forest, Dark and Deep, you could be forgiven for thinking that this new 90-minute drama should be subtitled "Slender Cow". An intermittently taut two-hander, it receives its English premiere in a production by the author that stars Matthew Fox (famed for TV's Lost) and the beautiful and redoubtable Olivia Williams. They both give scorching performances that are, to my mind, a distinct cut above the material.

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Quirky doesn’t begin to describe this Korean tale of a woman who will do anything to save her mentally challenged son from spending life in jail for a murder she is convinced he didn’t commit.

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A scarred stranger shows up on the doorstep of suburban couple Norma and Arthur Lewis and offers them a beguiling choice.

DVD: Law-Abiding Citizen, For retail & rental

When Gerard Butler's wife and daughter are murdered, he vows revenge, not just on the killers, and not just on the prosecutor (Jamie Foxx) who plea-bargained on their behalf, but on the whole of Philadelphia's legal system.

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Gerard Butler, having seen his wife and sick-makingly cute daughter knifed to death, is distressed to be told that the murderer has plea-bargained his way to a slap-on-the-wrist sentence.

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