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This Week on Criticwire: The Movies of Summer and The Festivals That Come Before It

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Criticwire May 26, 2012 at 10:16PM

With June just around the corner, critics in the summertime were on full display this week, including Cannes dispatches of all kinds (trailers, reviews and rewinds).
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Weekend Reel Reads: Extending the Film/Digital Debate: The weekly cross-section of film-related Internet pieces from the week before features looks at the British Board of Film Classification, the film/digital debate and the incomparable Film Crit Hulk.

The Criticwire Survey: The Perfect Summer Movie: This poll yielded a number of different selections from the Spielberg canon, but the most popular response is for a certain film named after a holiday in early July.

Kevin Smith Launches Movie Review Show: The director of "Clerks" and "Dogma" is venturing back into the world of film criticism. But this time, he's bringing it to Hulu with a studio audience of 50 strangers.

Critics React to 7 Minutes of 'Django Unchained' at Cannes: Critics at the festival had the exclusive chance to see selections from the new Tarantino film. The collective response was filled with wonderment and expletives.

Cannes Review Capsule: Our Review Capsules bring together insightful snippets of festival reviews and critics' Tweets. Selections from this week include Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," the totally bonkers "Holy Motors," Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," and the David Cronenberg adaptation "Cosmopolis."

Finding Danny McBride in Kenny Powers: McBride's recent conversation with Marc Maron on the WTF podcast reveals that the actor and his infamous "Eastbound and Down" character might have more in common that most people realize.

Seattle Man Faces Jail Time For Slapping Movie-Ruining Child: There are no winners in this story of extreme theater discontent, basically encapsulating everything that's wrong with the modern moviegoing experience.

Criticwire Critics Analyze Cannes at the Halfway Mark: Our Criticwire members have been sending in grades from Cannes by the dozen, making Haneke, "No," and Audiard the big winners of Cannes' first half. 

VODetails: In the past seven days, we helped you decide whether Brett Haley's "The New Year" and Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz" are worth your hard-earned dollars.

From the Wire: Ten Principles for Aspiring Critics: Chris Klimek's advice to fledgling theater writers rings equally true for those looking to write about film.

Criticwire Picks: Festival Hits 'Moonrise Kingdom' and 'Oslo, August' Top New Releases: Two Cannes vets top the weekend's new releases.

Film is Dead. Long Live Digital? John Lichman's new essay on the film/digital debate offers a clear look at both sides of the issue, but serves as a reminder that neither system of projection is perfect.

How to Make the Perfect Summer Movie in 5 Easy Steps: Matt noticed that a majority of the responses to this week's Criticwire Survey fit into some handy categories for making a lasting summer smash.

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