5 Must-have Apps for Movie Buffs

We all have that friend, the so-called movie snob who wouldn’t hesitate pouring out his or her scorn on you just because you enjoyed a blockbuster film. We say, don’t worry about him or her—just go on appreciating films that don’t have subtitles and don’t exactly scream “art house.” It’s okay! After all, even if there are universal standards when it comes to appointing who is a rightful movie buff and who isn’t, we feel that the only thing that really matters is one’s enjoyment of a film. And no matter where you stand on the whole blockbuster cinema issue, there are certain film-related things that anyone can surely appreciate—such as mobile apps made especially for moviegoers.

#1 Flixster

Said to be “an oldie but a goodie” and “a movie lover’s paradise,” Flixster is, in a nutshell, a social networking site devoted to movies and actors. It was founded in January 2006 and offers several cool features such as quizzes to test your movie smarts, an extensive free database of movies and actors, and the ability to find friends with similar tastes in movies. With Flixster, you can rate and discuss films as well as help others decide if a certain movie playing at the theaters is worth their time or nothing but a big bust. The app is compatible with iOS and Android devices and Blackberry phones.

#2 Netflix

To date, Netflix works seamlessly with Apple devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad), Windows, and majority of Android phones, Nintendo 3DS, Nook Tablets and Nook Color devices, and Sony PS Vita. What makes Netflix such a joy to download is its large and diverse collection of “movies available for streaming.” It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a summer blockbuster or a not-so popular drama from the 1940s; Netflix is sure to have it in its database. The app is free to download, but you will need to pay $7.99 to get access to unlimited streaming of movies online.

#3 RunPee

You know how sometimes in the middle of a really good scene, you just can’t hold it anymore and you have to dash off to the nearest bathroom? It’s perfect if you’re just in your living room and watching a DVD; but when you’re in a movie house and the urge to pee has the potential to make you miss a crucial scene, well, it’s not like you can just let it all out in your seat. RunPee, which is available for Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 7 mobile, is an app that “list the slow times in each film best suited for taking care of business.” It even tells you your optimal pee window (about 4 minutes) and what you’ll miss. Awesome, right?

#4 Location Scout

If you’re like us, then you know how to find some time for fun regardless of how busy you are, managing your virtual office. And since our idea of fun is pretty much filing what some would call useless pieces of information, we are really digging Location Scout for now. An app that uses the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) to tell you where your favorite films are shot and also the movies that were filmed near you, Location Scout is compatible with Android devices, tablets, Kindle Fire, and the iPhone.

#5 GetGlue

We’ve never been hardcore Foursquare users; but we do love GetGlue, an app that lets users check-in to movies, TV shows, music and books. To get started, all you need is to download the app to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. You’ll need a valid email address of course, as well as a username and a password to start checking-in and to collect rewards with GetGlue stickers. You can also link to your other social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter so you can connect with your friends and show off your personal activity stream.

  1. Awesome list Leslie! I’m going to check out RunPee and GetGlue when I get home from my shift at DISH tonight. I have another great one for you; it’s called DISH Anywhere. It streams all of my live TV channels and DVR recordings to my phone or tablet. I use it to watch the Colorado Rockies play when I’m stuck at work, or when I’m down at the lake fishing.

  2. Movie lovers may also find the “Anything After” app coming in handy the next time they are at the movies — especially if they want to quickly find out if there’s anything after the credits (like bloopers or a scene that hints at a sequel) AND if it’s actually worth the wait.

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