The Best Movie Apps a Film Geek Could Want
Of course, everyone has Netflix or Hulu on their phone, but there are a few select movie apps that every film buff needs to have. Take it from someone who is completely obsessed with cinema, there are some truly awesome apps available. I know that the apps stores out there are flooded to the gills and half the programs suck. That’s why I decided to wade my way into the deepest, darkest corners of my smartphone to find some of the best movie apps out there. It was a long and difficult journey, and I’m sure I need to delete my browser history after it, but I managed to put together this list for you movie fanatics out there. Some of you probably have a couple of these on your phones already, but I bet you’ll find a few surprises on here as well. Either way, this is guaranteed to make your next commute a bit more tolerable.
10. Movies by Flixster
I almost didn’t include this on the list, because I nearly assumed that everyone out there must have this movie app. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Movies by Flixster lets you do it all. You can buy movie tickets, shows you reviews from Rotten Tomatoes (I’m not sure why you would be reading reviews from anywhere but Stars & Popcorn, but whatever), and even lets you build watch lists. So, if it does all of these things, why is it at the top of the list? Because it tries to do so much, that the individual pieces aren’t as good as other apps. Still, it’s a must have for any film buff.
IMDB is the definitive movie site. Nothing is bigger or more trusted in the industry. Hear a rumor about a movie? It’s not legit until it’s on IMDB. That’s why thi movie app is a definite for all cinephiles out there. Not only does it keep you up to date on all the latest movie news, but it really comes in handy when you’re trying to win a friendly debate in the bar. The app allows you to look up almost every movie ever made and get a full list of the cast and crew. Of course, it’s not quite as good as the main site, but it’s one of the most useful apps on this entire list. Which is why you definitely need to download it.
Yeah, I know you can buy movie tickets with Flixster, but who actually does that? Fandango is the best app on the market to buy tickets for movies. Especially now that a lot of theaters are featuring reserved seating. Another great feature is that it lets you search for the theaters closest to you, so when you’re on a business trip and want a night to relax with a tub of popcorn, Fandango has your back. It also gives you access to your ticket code, so you won’t accidentally leave them at home like I used to (yeah, I’m kinda old). So, if you love seeing movies in theaters, this is a must have movie app.
7. Cinemaniac- Movies to Watch
Have you ever been out on the town and had someone tell you there’s this great flick you have to see? Ever forget what that movie was by the next morning? Yeah, me too. Cinemaniac is a movie app that lets you slowly build up a list of all the films you’ve seen and all the ones you want to see. You’ll never again have that feeling of wondering if you’ve seen a movie or not, only to realize you have 20 minutes in. Not only that, but it will let you know if movies you need to see are streaming. The only thing is that the $2.50 version is well worth the investment.
6. Guess the Movie
Now that we’ve gotten some of the better known movie apps out of the way, let’s talk about some of the lesser known. Guess the Movie is a fun app that gives players an image associated with a movie and lets them try to guess which one it is. What’s really fun is that the images are creatively minimalist, so some of them are actually kind of hard to guess. It’s a great game to pass the time with. I downloaded it recently and have been tearing through it. It’s really been a productivity killer, so that’s how you know it’s a good game.
There are a lot of movie apps out there that let you stream free films. I like SnagFilms because it’s full of classic and lesser known films. I know that’s kind of hipster of me to say, but it’s great app if you’re looking to catch up on some classics. Best of all it’s also a platform for a lot of independent films as well as documentaries. So for those looking to support indie movies, this is an awesome app to have. The only catch is that it’s free. Yeah, it lets you watch all of these flicks for free. Oh, wait, it’s only on Android. That’s the catch.
Are you a master of movie knowledge? Then this is the app for you. It’s a really fun trivia game that not only features multiplayer options, but has a lot of newer movies on there. The app allows you to have random movies picked for you or allows you to browse through all the films in their database. From what I can tell, they are always adding new movies, so going to the movies definitely gives you an advantage. It’s a great app to pass the time with and one that’s even better with two movie geeks.
3. MediaStinger- After Credits
Marvel restarted the terrible trend of after credit sequences years ago, and ever since then there’s this sense of dread that comes with walking out of a movie before the final name scrolls by. Luckily this app helps save you from sitting around only to be let down. The app seems to be pretty up to date, allowing the community to submit “stingers”, but best of all it gives the user the option to hide spoilers or not. In today’s movie landscape, this is definitely an app you’ll want to have on your phone.
If you’re one of those worldly movie geeks, then this is an app you will definitely want to check out. Movieloci is a database that houses locations that different movies filmed at. You can use it to check out locations that might be near you or even use it to plan a movie trivia inspired trip. Unfortunately, I’m not that close to any significant film locations, but it’s one that has inspired me to plan a trip for the near future. It’s one of the more unique movie apps out there and one that movie buffs should get a real kick out of.
All I can say is that this movie app is a blessing ever since they started serving gallon sized sodas in theaters. Some of you might be familiar with the website, which helps people know when the best time in a movie is to run to the restroom (mostly the boring filler parts). While the site is useful, having it on your phone is a real life saver. Just take a quick look before going into the theater and you’ll never have to deal with your back teeth floating ever again. Sure there are more intricate and sophisticated apps out there for film connoisseurs, but this one is probably one of the most useful on the market.
Bonus TV Apps:
This is an awesome app that lets you see what shows are streaming on what services, so you can always find something to watch!
Of course, there are plenty of awesome movie apps out there. This was just an example of some of the better ones I was able to find. Be sure to comment below what your favorite app is and if there are any other ones I should check out!