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Given that we’ve already had Netflix’s Pablo Escobar drama Narcos and Matthew Heineman’s documentary Cartel Land, it’s been a busy year for insights into the Mexican drug trade. Adding to that list is Sicario, a crime thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve. Emily Blunt plays an FBI agent, who is recruited to an elite taskforce – led by a wise-cracking agent (Josh Brolin) and an enigmatic “consultant” (Benicio Del Toro) – to track down one of Mexico’s biggest drug lords.
While the plot is nothing to base a criminology thesis on, Villeneuve does a great job of transferring the tense, brooding tone of his earlier work (notably 2013’s brilliantly bonkers Enemy) to a much grander scale. If you haven’t had your fill of narco fun for this year, Sicario comes recommended.
Sicario is out on 9 October
The first season of The Leftovers was enjoyably miserable breath of fresh air: a disaster drama with a big premise that was nevertheless character-driven. Set three years after a undisclosed global event in which 2% of the world's population disappeared, the HBO series contained havoc-wreaking deers, silent cults – led by the unsettling Ann Dowd – and Christopher Eccleston playing a priest. Let's just say it was low on the laughs.
While the first season was based upon Tom Perotta's source novel of the same name, season two is its own beast, following Justin Theroux's Kevin Garvey who brings his family to Jarden, Texas, the only US town where nobody disappeared. That it's all from the mind of Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof may (unfairly) make a lot of people groan, but don't lament just yet; early word suggests season two's a cracker.
The Leftovers airs on Sky Atlantic from 5 October