Apps to help you catch the perfect movie

Shelby DeHaven, ‘Doah Managing Editor
January 29, 2014

With the temperature at or below freezing lately, any inside activity is your favorite. One of the best things to do in the winter is to watch a movie. Whether it is another Harry Potter marathon on ABC Family or a new release at the theater. Here are some apps to help you become a movie afishinado. 

IMDb is by far my favorite app and website ever. It never fails when you sit down to watch a television show or movie and you just can’t quite place that one character. Well this app has ended that debate between my mom and I was too many times to count. You can search the actor’s name and see all of his or her credits. Or you can search the movie title and look to see who is starring in it. It is also an ideal spot to see what your favorite actor or actress is coming out in next. This free app has a four out of five star rating on iTunes.

Fandago is perfect for those unplanned trips to the movies. You are able to quickly look up the theaters close to you and see the shows times for the movies playing. You can also look up the different movies that you out. One of the best things about this is that you can order your tickets on your phone! All you have to do is pay with a credit card and they will be there for you to pick up at the theater. Just make sure you receive a confirmation email or your tickets were probably not bought. Fandago has a five out of five star rating on iTunes.

Flixster is very similar to Fandago but I feel that it is easier to use. On the home screen, it has a list of the movies that are currently in theaters, upcoming releases and film news. You can easily tap the movie poster of the one that looks interesting to watch the trailer. If it still looks good after the trailer, you can add it to your list of movies to see. You can also rate the film. There is also a section where you can see what movies were recently release on Blu-ray and DVD. This app receives a three and a half out of five stars.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema app is one that I found quite recently on a girl’s night out. While going to Fandago and Flixster for my movie tickets is great, sometimes it is just easier to cut out the middle man. The Alamo app allows you to select the Alamo Drafthouse theater closest to you, see what is playing and purchase your tickets. Just watch, you will still be able to get your student discount but they will charge you a $1.25 booking fee. Though sometimes it is worth it to make sure you can get a seat. Alamo gets a mere two and a half stars.

Redbox is an extremely helpful app for when you just want to curl up in your own blankets a watch a movie. This app allows you to see what movies are in the machines. Once you find a movie or movies you want to see you can track down which Redbox has them and reserve it to insure that it will still be there when you go to pick them up. You can also rent some awesome video games. This app received a low two stars out of five by iTunes.

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