After eleven years of build-up in the Marvel Universe, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) finally gets her moment in the spotlight with a stand-alone film. Featuring an impressive roster of supporting talent, Florence Pugh (Little Women, Midsommar) as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz (Disobedience, The Favourite) as Melina Vostokoff and of course, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, early reviews boast that Black Widow may be the grittiest and most striking instalment of the Marvel films yet! If you’re a long-time fan, this will be the prime popcorn experience, but if you’re new to the series don’t fret, the good people over at Radio Times have compiled a detailed list of how to watch the Marvel films in order so you can make the most sense of their intricate world.

‘Another Round’ image courtesy of Studio Canal.

If superheroes aren’t your thing, Thomas Vinterberg’s Academy Award winning Another Round has finally hit UK screens. The Danish black comedy-drama follows a group of school teachers who read that the optimal way to live life is to maintain a blood alcohol content level of 0.05%, and so decide to put the theory to the test. Led by Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale) this offbeat, deeply moving comedy-drama serves as perfect lowkey viewing for the independent movie lovers among us. 

‘Summer of Soul’ image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK.

Next up, we have the eagerly anticipated Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) directed by Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson of hip-hop group The Roots. Summer of Soul is a must-watch music documentary/concert film hybrid for fans of American history, Black music and popular culture. In the summer of 1969 (the same summer as Woodstock’s Summer of Love), thousands of people descended on Harlem over the course of six weeks to attend the Harlem Cultural Festival. Featuring performances from Nina Simone, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Stevie Wonder and many more, the filmed record of this monumental event has finally been uncovered after finding no buyers for the footage at the time, and the Summer of Soul is finally being recognised. A blend of archival footage and interviews with surviving musicians, Questlove’s impressive debut fills a gaping hole in our cultural knowledge that many of us may not be aware we had. Read more about the making of Summer of Soul in The Guardian’s five star review. If you were a fan of Amazing Grace, the 2019 Aretha Franklin concert film, this one is definitely for you. 

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Words by Rōgan Graham

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