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Back in the day, a visit to the cinema was a simple affair. You’d take your date or your family along, enjoy the first half of the film, go to the bathroom during the intermission, or top your popcorn up at the snack bar, and then allow the movie magic to resume.


Nowadays, there are all manner of apps and tools designed for movie lovers to marry their love of film with the latest smartphone technology. All the things you hated about going to the cinema or watching a movie at home are now more or less defunct, thanks to these genius apps!



Any movie lover will already be familiar with the king of all film databases, the Internet Movie Database, which lists films, TV and video games, with information on actors, production crew, fictional characters, biographies, plot summaries and other fun facts. As of now, IMDb hosts information on 2,798,497 titles, along with 5,749,077 personalities. All of this very useful information is now available from your phone, handily enough. Download the IMDb app now.



Flickchart goes beyond just ranking movies for the sake of it: their system is quite unique in that it integrates social media. Users rate movies by comparing two films, continually. Over time, this will determine your favourite films of all time, adding your ratings to the all-time ratings on the site. The more you compare, the more accurate the list becomes. As the site gets a better feel for your tastes, they will link you up with other users with similar preferences and tastes in film.



Now that movie intermissions are a thing of the past, we all usually have to make that bathroom trip during the trailers. There’s nothing as bad as having to go to pee during an intense fight scene or at the climax of the film. Holding on and not going to the bathroom only detracts from your movie experience. RunPee is here to rescue you. It will let you know a good time to pop out, as well as telling you what you’re missing during your bathroom trip while watching the latest movies at Cineworld!


Movie Collection

If you’re an avid film fan, chances are that you’ve got a sizeable collection of films at home on DVD and Blu-ray. All the streaming sites in the world can’t promise you all the special features that come with your DVD copy of the film. The Movie Collection app helps you catalogue your film collection: the name says it all, really. All you have to do is scan the barcodes with your phone camera, so that it can load it into your database. This is a great way to keep track of your movies, especially if your wayward friends have a habit of never returning them.


Movie Clock

For the truly consummate movie fan, this app is a must-have. Essentially, it’s a countdown timer for every single upcoming Hollywood feature film that’s in development, production or post-production, so you can literally count the days down till your desired film hits the cinemas. Now, you’ll always be able to catch the very first showing of your favourite film.


These days, a trip to the cinema can be enhanced by the a few helpful apps. You can’t afford not to be on the ball when it comes to your films these days, and these apps will hopefully get you some brilliant bang for your buck.


Five Great Apps to Enhance Your Cinema Experience


31st March 2014