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Nov 1, 2013 — “Who was that guy who played the bad guy in that movie?”
My friends ask me questions like this, because they know I’m one of the public library’s “movie guys.” In fact one of my job responsibilities is purchasing new DVDs and Blu-Rays for the library’s collection, so I have to be up on my movies.
But I don’t know everything, which is where IMDb comes in. The Internet Movie Database website (www.imdb.com) has been an invaluable resource of mine for many years, and now that we’re in the Smartphone Age, its app provides a wealth of movie knowledge at your fingertips. The app is available on Apple, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire, and Google Play for Android. For the purposes of this review, I am using the app on a Samsung Galaxy S3 on AT&T’s 4G network.
The search feature allows you to type in the name of an actor or director and get a list of his or her work; or the title of a movie to see a list of the cast and crew as well as a synopsis. For example, you can search for the film Thor, and see that the actor Tom Hiddleston played the villain Loki. If you are curious, you can click on the actor’s name to explore his filmography and read a mini bio. This app will make you the most knowledgeable movie buff in the room.
If movie trivia is not your thing, IMDb provides other features to help you find a good movie to watch. For many films, it lists the movie’s Metascore, which is a 100-point rating from the review aggregator website Metacritic (www.metacritic.com) (similar to Rotten Tomatoes). Clicking on the Metascore takes you to the full text review articles from sources including Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. There are also links to the movie trailer and options to watch the movie online (if available) from services such as Amazon Instant Video.
The “Movies” and “TV” buttons at the top of the screen allow you to read about what is coming soon to a theater (or TV screen) near you. The AMC in Evansville also allows purchasing tickets through the app. “TV” lets you track your favorite TV series, find out what shows are playing on what nights, what channels, and what times.
Overall, the IMDb app is a handy tool for you to plan your next viewing experience, and it also helps answer those nagging movie questions. The next time you’re looking for a good movie to watch, come to the library and use this app to explore our large and diverse DVD collection.