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A classy drug car­tel thriller from di­rec­tor De­nis Vil­leneuve, Si­cario (Satur­day, 8.30pm, Pre­miere) sees ide­al­is­tic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) re­ceive a du­bi­ous as­sign­ment af­ter rising through the ranks of her male-dom­i­nated pro­fes­sion. Re­cruited by mys­te­ri­ous govern­ment of­fi­cial Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task­force for the es­ca­lat­ing war against drugs led by the in­tense and shad­owy Ale­jan­dro (Beni­cio Del Toro). Si­cario is the Span­ish word for “hit man” and Del Toro’s per­for­mance is elec­tri­fy­ing. Salon Kitty (Satur­day, 8.30pm, World Movies) is a cult clas­sic star­ring the great Hel­mut Berger and the equally stel­lar In­grid Thulin. The 1976 erotic drama, di­rected by Tinto Brass, cov­ers the real-life ac­tiv­i­ties of a high-class Ber­lin brothel used by Ger­man in­tel­li­gence ser­vices dur­ing World War II for es­pi­onage pur­poses. Far more joy­ous is Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beck­ham (Sun­day, 6.35pm, Ro­mance). The smash-hit com­edy-drama fol­lows Jess (Par­min­der Na­gra), the daugh­ter of a strict Indian cou­ple (Anu­pam Kher, Sha­heen Khan), who is for­bid­den from play­ing club soccer in Lon­don. It also stars Keira Knight­ley, Archie Pan­jabi and Jonathan Rhys Mey­ers.

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