It’s summer time, meaning the sun is out, vacations are taken, and blockbuster season is afoot at the cinema. For many movie buffs, this is the perfect time of year to sit in a darkened room and enjoy the latest big hit. We’ve rounded up ten essential apps for figuring out what movie to see, learning more about it, and finding something similar to enjoy at home later on.
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1. Movies by Flixster (Free) - Offering a little bit of everything, Movies by Flixster has you covered. You can easily browse the top movies currently in theaters, look up showtimes, get reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, and watch trailers. The app goes further by allowing you to buy tickets from participating theaters and you can manage your UltraViolet collection and Netflix queue through the interface.
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2. Fandango (Free) - Offering a similar service to Flixster's, Fandango is even more expansive when it comes to methods for buying movie tickets. You can filter movies by genre and rating, check out exclusive interviews, all before deciding to buy a ticket right then and there. With Apple Watch connectivity, you can easily have your ticket scanned before entering the cinema screen with minimal effort.
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3. RunPee (Free) - Mid-movie and really need to take a bathroom break? RunPee helps you do just that without missing anything important in the film. It'll vibrate giving you a heads up that this is the perfect time to duck out of the screening for a moment. No longer will you have to miss vital moments, all because of your pesky bladder!
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4. Anything After Prime (Free) - An increasing number of movies offer extra scenes during or after the credits, but how do you know when to hang around? Anything After Prime gives you the heads up in the most comprehensive way. Besides telling you, it'll explain if it's worth sticking around through a comprehensive commenting system. You can use the app to save money on various ticket deals too.
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5. IMDb (Free) - Just left the cinema and itching to know where else you've seen that vaguely familiar actor? There's no resource quite like IMDb, offering the world's largest collection of info on all things movie and TV related. Over 4 million celebrities, actors, actresses, directors, and crew members are featured here, so you can easily learn more about them.
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6. Solyaris ($0.99) - Working a lot like IMDb but more visually, Solyaris is there for you to literally join the dots between films, TV shows, and actors, easily figuring out the connections between them. You'll learn a surprising amount through doing this, but you'll also have a ton of fun simply experimenting and seeing how things can be so intertwined.
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7. My Movies (Free) - Originally for members of Blu-ray.com, My Movies is a handy resource for all movie buffs, enabling you to download your movie and game collection, thereby giving you a way of tracking what you already own. Besides providing rating systems, you can keep track of things you want to buy and watch their prices fluctuate, ensuring you always get the best deals for your movie collection.
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8. Movie Vault ($1.99) - Want a way to watch classic movies easily through your iOS device? Movie Vault is it. You can stream various classic feature-length films through the app, sending it across to your AppleTV via AirPlay. They're Public Domain but the beauty here is that Movie Vault makes it so much more convenient than having to search yourself. Cover Art and movie information is also provided for films.
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9. Film Study (Free) - Film students will particularly appreciate Film Study but anyone with a passing interest in learning more will enjoy this app. You can use it to keep notes and tags on various films, analyzing what unfolds just like with classical text. It's simple to use and you can enjoy some in-depth discussion on classic movies.
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10. Fan TV (Free) - Want a movie to watch while at home? There's no shortage of streaming services out there and Fan TV is an ideal way of consolidating them. You can easily browse over one million movies through the app, and it'll tell you just where to go to watch them. No more need to browse individual services, Fan TV means you can spend less time browsing and more time watching.