Taking time to see some movies is a good way to end a hectic day, spice up a boring weekend, or have fun with family and friends. Irrespective of what genre of movies you love, there’s something for everyone if you know where to look.
Although you’ll find an endless stream of movie trailers and recommendations on sites like YouTube, it isn’t always easy to find everything you want about a movie. We’ve collected together eight handy apps to help you stay in tune with the movie-loving world.
Just like its website, IMDb’s app is perfect for discovering new movies, as well as all sorts of news and information from the entertainment industry. You can use the app as a mobile-friendly extension of the website to discover something great to watch.
With the generous amount of reviews, trailers, and celebrity information for each movie, you are bound to find something that fits your preferences. You also have an option of creating an account that you can use to rate the movies you’ve watched, plus follow actors and directors to receive updates on their recent films.
Download: IMDb for iOS | Android (Free)
Although IMDb has its own movie ratings and reviews, movie lovers still turn to Rotten Tomatoes for reassurance. If you’re not familiar with Rotten Tomatoes, there’s a good chance you’ve ended up on the website while googling if a movie is worth watching. Thanks to its score rating, you can decide whether a movie is worth your time before you commit to seeing it.
The Flixster app combines most of the popular Rotten Tomatoes features, like ratings and critic reviews, with Flixster’s own offerings, such as show times and ticketing, to make a popular and comprehensive movie service.
Download: Flixster for iOS | Android (Free)
The Netflix app needs no introduction for movie lovers. Although Netflix itself had been around since the 1990s, Netflix started its dedicated streaming service in 2007. Since then, the app has grown to be a household name, with thousands of movies and TV shows on offer.
If you’re still holding out from using the app, you might be missing out on a lot. There are a lot of great titles to follow on the streaming service as well as useful features to guide you through. One of Netflix’s stand-out features is Fast Laughs, which is a TikTok-like short video feature where you can watch shorts of movies and click through to watch the full movie for those you find interesting.
Download: Netflix for iOS | Android (Subscription required)
4. HBO Max
Launched in 2020, HBO Max is one of the go-to streaming apps to add to your list. If you use Netflix, then you already have a fair knowledge of how HBO Max works. Although it joined the on-demand video streaming scene a bit late, it has a large collection of movies and TV shows to keep you busy for a long time.
Like Netflix, you can save videos and watch them offline whenever you want. You can watch from any device including your PC, TV, or an Amazon Fire tablet. And yes, like Netflix, it is a premium service.
Download: HBO Max iOS | Android (Subscription required)
Fandango is one of the most popular apps for finding and purchasing movie tickets on your smartphone. With the app, you can easily find movie screening schedules near you and buy tickets for them. If you’re new in an area, the app can also help you with directions to the nearest theater. There’s flexible canceling option for tickets where you can either return or exchange your tickets for a refund or Fandango credit.
Fandango owns Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, and shows the latter’s reviews when you browse its movies catalog. You can also watch trailers, browse movie photos, and enjoy interviews with your favorite actors on the app.
Download: Fandango for iOS | Android (Free)
If you haven’t heard of RunPee before, it’s a very handy app for movie lovers. RunPee is an app that tells you the best time to take a bathroom break during a movie and summarizes what happened when you were gone. You know, those scenes that can be a bit boring and that aren’t that pivotal to a movie. Yep, RunPee lets you know when those scenes arrive.
It also tells you what you missed if you arrive at the theater a few minutes late. We’ve all been in a situation when RunPee could have saved the day. RunPee can also alert you about any post-credits scenes and whether they’re worth staying for.
Download: RunPee for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
7. Guess The Movie
How much do you think you know about movies? Can you identify movies simply from a picture of a scene from it?
Guess The Movie is a movie trivia app that tests your knowledge of movies with scenes from different movies. It has 20 levels of fun minimalist posters where you must guess the movie based on what you see. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get a famous face or a logo you can recognize. Or, you could get an obscure scene that could lead you to discover a movie worth seeing.
Either way, with hundreds of puzzles and tasks, this quiz is a great way to kill some time and also challenge your memory.
Download: Guess The Movie for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
JustWatch is one of the most useful apps for movie lovers in an era of streaming. The app aggregates movies and TV shows from popular video-on-demand streaming services and helps you choose the right movies to see.
Although the platform doesn’t offer movies on its own, it has a huge collection of titles you can browse and click through to watch on the streaming services that offer them.
It can also help you keep track of ongoing TV shows across multiple streaming services and inform you whenever a new episode is available. For those boring weekends where you aren’t sure of what to watch, JustWatch can come to the rescue.
Download: JustWatch for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
Stay in Touch With Movies You Love
There are a lot of movies and tv shows in existence to last you an entire lifetime. But even if you feel like you’ve seen every great movie worth seeing, there are always new genres to discover, director’s cuts to enjoy, movie reviews to browse, and quizzes to play. Try out the eight lightweight apps on our list to help you stay on top of trends and activities in the movie world.
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