Whether you’re a true film buff or an occasional dabbler, mobile apps can help you keep track of what’s happening in Hollywood—during this awards season and all year long.
If you download only one movie-related app, consider Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Search this mobile companion to the vast IMDb website by title (for plot summary, trailer, reviews, cast, crew, etc.) or personality (for filmography, photos, awards, and biographical tidbits), or just browse for the latest news. You can also get showtimes and buy tickets for nearby theaters, and—with a free account—save movies to a “Watchlist” and rate those you’ve seen. Other popular all-purpose movie apps include Moviefone and Movies by Flixster.
Most of the websites you can use to stream movies and TV shows, such as Netflix and Hulu, have their own mobile apps. If you use multiple streaming services, search Yidio to find out which of them offer a particular title or episode (and how much they’re charging for it).
Here are a few other movie app suggestions for special audiences:
Do you have boxes of old VHS tapes, shelves of new Blu-Rays, and folders of digital copies? The My Movies app helps Reel Collectors organize their holdings. Scan barcodes using your device’s camera or enter titles to add them, then sort, search, or simply shake your device for a random selection. Catalog 50 titles for free, or purchase the unlimited “Pro” version.
Prudent Parents can use the Kids in Mind app to get “objective and complete information about a film’s content so that they can decide, based on their own value system, whether they should watch a movie with or without their kids.”
Among the many apps for Trivia Fans, Movie Pop stands out for letting players select a genre and play within your area of expertise.
Are you a Movie Parrot, famous among your friends for working a movie quote into every conversation? You might want to download MovieQuoter for the rare occasion when you can’t come up with the right soundbite!
If you’ve made it this far, you might be a Good-to-the-Last-Drop Devotee who stays in his or her seat until the last credit rolls, in hopes of catching a hilarious outtake or poignant dedication. Your patience is admirable! …but if you’re in a hurry, try the Anything After app to find out in advance if it’s worth sitting through the credits.
Stay tuned for one last movie-related app suggestion, coming next week…