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The Russian film Day Watch is daft and even boring at times. But it is a stylistic revelation— and the best mainstream entertainment cinema around

By Mark Cousins   November 2007

In early October, the world’s press was full of excitement about Hollywood’s latest blockbuster, The Kingdom, in which US government agents, led by star du jour Jamie Foxx, investigate a terrorist bomb in a western housing complex in Saudi Arabia. Yawn. Not only is the plot shop-soiled, but the idea that we can see the state of America reflected in Hollywood’s latest bauble is too. Yes, the US is anxious about the middle east and yes its mainstream entertainments express this anxiety, but The Kingdom does this so obviously that there’s nothing new to say.

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