With its stunning display and great sound, your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad lends itself well to the enjoyment of movies. But more than just playing films for your entertainment, your iOS device is well-suited to the typical tasks of a movie buff, from watching previews to reading reviews, from booking tickets to looking at information on stingers, and practically everything else in between.
You just have to know the right apps to use for your cinematic pursuits, which we happen to have listed right here.
This, though, is less a list of the top 10 apps for movie buffs than a list of 10 apps that you can routinely use together to help you get your fix with some flicks.
So, in accordance with a classic musical film, let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.
See what movies are coming soon and out now
iTunes Movie Trailers
In a world … where more than a handful of movies are released in a week … and lots more are expected to come out in the foreseeable future … it often pays to watch trailers to get a feel of what movies are going to look and feel like. (You can turn off your trailer voice now.) And there’s arguably no better way to watch trailers on iOS, short of scrupulously searching and subscribing on YouTube, than using the iTunes Movie Trailers app from none other than Apple.
Intrigued or delighted by a movie enough to actually see it? Well, you might want to first know what the critics or even what mere mortals like us ordinary viewers are saying about it. And the most convenient way to do that is through Movies by Flixster, which integrates content from the popular film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Keep track of your movies to watch
With the myriad of movies both released and yet to be, it can be a bit difficult to keep track of the ones you’ve seen and want to see. Good thing there’s TodoMovies, which, as its apt name suggests, is a to-do app for movies.
Get your movie tickets
Once you’ve decided on what movies to see, the next thing to do would be to dash into your favorite theater to get your tickets. Oh, wait, you don’t have to. You can book tickets for a movie screening at your convenience with the official iOS app of one of the leading online advance movie ticket sale sites, Fandango.
Know the best times to pee during a movie
There are times when you just can’t help but respond to the call of nature while at the movies. So, if you really have to run and pee but don’t want to miss important or eventful scenes, the official iOS app of RunPee.com is your essential (albeit unattractive) cinema companion as it provides information on “Peetimes” — points in a movie’s runtime at which it’s OK to empty your bladder.
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
Stay through the movie credits
In the present film industry era dominated by the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the like, it’s all but an imperative to remain seated in the theater even after the credits start rolling. But how do you know if a movie actually has a mid- or post-credits scene? And if it does, is the scene worth the wait? Enter: After Credits.
Watch movies at home and on the go
Of course, in this day and age, you no longer have to actually go to the movies to watch movies on demand. You can enjoy movies — especially past and direct-to-video releases — anytime, anywhere right on your iOS device. But with the plethora of streaming apps available today, checking which movies are available on which services can be a drag. Fortunately, Yidio is here to help.
Explore more about movies
IMDb Movies & TV
Being a movie buff doesn’t just involve watching films. It also entails knowing anything and everything about movies. And if you’re a self-confessed film junkie, you hardly need be told that the place to get movie-related news and information is the Internet Movie Database aka IMDb.
Discover movie connections
Want a more visual way to explore more about films and discover their connections? Check out Solyaris, which provides a canvas on which you can create and connect constellations of movies and stars. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Be a good enough navigator of Solyaris to use it in providing visual proof that, as the old chestnut in Hollywood goes, any arbitrary actor has only six or fewer degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.
Play a meow-nificent movie trivia game
So you fancy yourself a movie buff, huh? Go ahead and prove it by playing MovieCat. This cat-themed movie trivia game features a huge litter of challenges across various types and categories. Play MovieCat and have furry fun while testing your catlike reflexes in answering multiple choice questions, daring yourself to get purr-fect scores, and trying not to lose each of your nine lives.
If this article were a movie, this part would be the stinger. But there’s actually nothing to see here, except for this important reminder: Sit back, relax, and enjoy being a movie buff with these iOS apps.