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Gambling drama Mississippi Grind follows a divorced, down-on-his-luck gambling addict Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) whose fortune seems to turn with the arrival of free spirt Curtis (Ryan Reynolds, effectively playing Ryan Reynolds). Striking up an unlikely camaraderie, the two hit the road and venture to New Orleans so they can take part in a high-stakes poker game.
What could have very easily resulted in uninteresting by-the-numbers fodder, Mississippi Grind – largely thanks to the reliably brilliant Mendelsohn – deserves a roll of the dice.
Mississippi Grind is released on 23 October
Hands up if you thought the Fargo TV spin-off was going to take the memory of the Coen Brothers' 1996 classic film and wood chip it to bits? Us too. That the series, starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, was one of the most enjoyable shows of last year was, quite frankly, the most pleasant of televisual surprises in recent memory.
As if to test himself all over again, creator Noah Hawley has torn up the second season rulebook: this is a prequel to the first, set in 1978, featuring a younger version of Keith Carradine's Lou Solverson – now played by Patrick Wilson – back in the days when he was a deputy in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Along for the ride are Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons (scary Todd from Breaking Bad's latter seasons). If you're yet to, now's the time to jump on board... and remember; it's all based on 'true events.' Real good, yah.
Fargo airs on Channel 4 from 19 October