A Private War (15)***

Dir: Matthew Heineman

With: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander

Runtime: 110 minutes

IT has been seven years since Sunday Times foreign correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Remi Ochlik were targeted and killed by Bashar al-Assad’s forces besieging the Syrian city of Homs. Following last year’s documentary, Under the Wire, comes this dramatic account of Colvin’s life and times, with Rosamund Pike (An Education, Beirut) playing the reporter who was famously first in and last to leave the world’s trouble spots. Pike certainly looks and acts the part, even if the depiction of the journalist’s trade tends towards the cliched. In showing the effect the harrowing work had on Colvin, director Matthew Heineman has made a fine companion piece to the documentary, though one wonders if the emphasis on the personal would have been quite so much if Colvin had been male.

Jellyfish (15)***

Dir: James Gardner

With: Liv Hill, Angus Barnett, Tomos Eames

Runtime: 101 minutes

ANYONE who saw Three Girls, the BBC drama about the child abuse scandal in Rochdale, will remember the young actor Liv Hill. In director James Gardner’s debut, she plays Sarah, a 15-year-old caring for her mentally ill mother and two younger siblings in rundown Margate. At school, the drama teacher is encouraging Sarah to turn her savage humour into a stand up routine, a la Frankie Boyle, but some things just cannot be laughed at any longer. This could have been a more depressing I, Daniel Blake, and it is grim viewing at times, but Gardner shows remarkable restraint. As for Hill, she has genuinely funny bones and her outstanding talent once again shines through. The new Maxine Peake, that one.

Glasgow Film Theatre, February 15-17

RBG (PG)****

Dirs: Julie Cohen, Betsy West

Runtime: 98 minutes

JULIE Cohen and Betsy West’s documentary profile of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the running for two Oscars at the end of the month. In case you missed it when it was released just after Christmas, it is out on DVD and Blu Ray on Monday and well worth seeking out. As this elegantly assembled film shows, the “Notorious RBG” as young Americans affectionately call the 85-year-old, has changed millions of women’s lives for the better through her hard work and brilliant legal mind. If this is not enough RBG for you, Felicity Jones plays the judge in On the Basis of Sex, out next week.

Dogwoof, DVD and Blu Ray, from February 18