DVD, season 2
It’s Valentine’s Day 1962, two years after season one ended, Kennedy is now president and the Cuban missile crisis looms. This hugely atmospheric and gripping television series continues with marital breakdowns and looming political upheavals.
Read the first issue of The Chartist from 2 February 1839, or accounts of the Matchgirls’ Strike, on this massively expanded archive of newspapers both local and national from the 19th century.
Directed by Lars von Trier
Out on 24 July
Lars von Trier’s new film is about a couple leaving modern life for a woodland hut after relationship problems and the death of their child. Their escape soon turns sour and gruesome.
The critics seem divided on it, but many are calling it one of the best films of the year. If you can stomach the gore and make sense of the plot – or perhaps lack of one – this could be for you too.
Edinburgh is a city of festivals throughout the summer.
The fringe runs from 7 to 31 August with hundreds of comedy shows and theatre. And the International Book Festival runs from 15 to 31 August. This year features a huge array of authors from AL Kennedy, Irvine Welsh and Ben Okri who have new volumes of short stories, to writers of Socialist Review’s favourite television series The Wire, David Simon and Richard Price.
A 1950s young couple dream that their lives will be different – they are going to travel and live in Paris and never fall into suburban conformity. Kate Winslet is brilliant as a woman bristling against her ever more claustrophobic life as child rearing and housework stifle her aspirations and threaten her marriage.
Women between revolution and counter-revolution
Animated film retells Anne Frank’s story
A pick of the highlights