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UN­DER THE WIRE (15) ****

Dir: Christo­pher Martin

With: Paul Con­roy, Edith Bou­vier Run­time: 95 min­utes

WHEN every­one who could man­age it was get­ting out of the Syr­ian city of Homs, Sun­day Times war re­porter Marie Colvin and pho­tog­ra­pher Paul Con­roy were head­ing in. Christo­pher Martin’s su­perb doc­u­men­tary shows what hap­pened next in grip­ping de­tail, much of it re­vealed here for the first time. Through in­ter­views with Con­roy and others, a pic­ture emerges of the brav­ery of Syr­i­ans suf­fer­ing un­der As­sad, and the sheer courage of those jour­nal­ists, Colvin to the fore, who in­sisted on get­ting the story out to the world. Un­miss­able.

GFT un­til Septem­ber 10, with Martin and Con­roy Q&A tonight

PUZ­ZLE (15) ***

Dir: Marc Turtle­taub

With: Kelly Mac­don­ald, Ir­rfan Khan Run­time: 103 min­utes

CHO­SEN as the Ed­in­burgh Film Fes­ti­val’s open­ing gala and now re­ceiv­ing a well-de­served wider re­lease, Scots star Kelly Mac­don­ald qui­etly steals the pic­ture from every­one else in this ro­man­tic drama about a subur­ban wife and mother’s mid-life reawak­en­ing cour­tesy of, er, jig­saws. Charm­ing per­for­mances from Mac­don­ald and Ir­rfan Khan as a fel­low puz­zle en­thu­si­ast are com­pen­sa­tion enough for the far-fetched story and the two-di­men­sional na­ture of the other char­ac­ters.

man/ac­coun­tant, more than pull their weight. Ann Dowd, aka Aunt Ly­dia from The Hand­maid’s Tale, takes an­other sup­port­ing part, the li­brar­ian, and turns it into some­thing mem­o­rable.

The plot­ters con­stantly ref­er­ence movies to get their points across to each other, even giv­ing them­selves Reser­voir Dogs-style co­de­names. They could do with read­ing a few books: the irony of it. In time to come, given what a suc­cess Layton makes of his film, one can see other direc­tors do­ing an “Amer­i­can An­i­mals” with a story. It would be the ul­ti­mate com­pli­ment to an out­stand­ing pic­ture.

The would-be book thieves try out their dis­guises. ‘Be­ing old is the clos­est thing to be­ing in­vis­i­ble,’ reck­ons one Marie Colvin, armed only with a note­book, at work in Syria

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