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Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow

Black Widow

Directed by Cate Shortland

Nationwide, 12A

Rating: ****


Martin Eden

Directed by Pietro Marcello

Selected cinemas, no cert

Rating: **

Given the events of recent Avengers movies, we can safely assume that Marvel’s stand-alone spin-off Black Widow will be Scarlett Johansson’s last outing as the Soviet-era spy Natasha Romanova. An overdue exploration of how this kick-ass killer became who she is, Australian director Cate Shortland’s superhero blockbuster smoothly connects the fantasy of ...