Movies Now! Free - If all the available free movie apps we've reviewed to date were in a head to head competition, the last standing would likely be Movies by Flixster, Fandango and this app, Movies Now! Free. While I admit I have no idea if there is a version of Movies Now! that isn’t free (I sure didn’t see anything turn up in a search of the App Store) I doubt many people are all that bothered by the free movie apps that are ad supported as this one is.
Movies Now! features an aesthetically pleasing layout with fairly simple, but intuitive top and bottom navigation bars. Movies are displayed as movie poster images and a simple tap gives you movie details such as release date, run time, synopsis and of course, the option to watch the trailer. You can also view ratings and reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and other sources.
Essentially, you get the same abilities with Movies Now! Free as you do with Flixster’s Movies, including the option to buy tickets online directly from within the app itself at MovieTickets.com. One aspect of Movies Now! that really makes it great is the ability to tap on the “now” icon in the bottom nav bar and view a list of movies with a countdown to show times at your selected theatre. This information is displayed in list format, with the hours and minutes until the start time displayed next to the movie listing.
Movies Now! uses GPS function to determine theatres closest to your location or you can search out cinemas by zip code or street name under the “cinemas” icon.
Though you can search out movies by “In Cinemas,” “Coming Soon,” or just a movie title, you can not search for movies by actors or directors the way you can in Flixster’s Movies. You can, however, select to view movies organized by ratings.
Another aspect of Movies Now! that makes it a rival to Flixter's Movies is the “Coming Soon” format. It lists movies that are not yet out in theatres by four categories — “This Week,” "Next Week," "This Month," and “Coming Soon.” In order to view this format and still see the release dates you will have to tap on the list viewformat, otherwise only movie poster images are displayed with no dates. There is currently no DVD option with Movies Now! as it deals only in current and future Box Office titles.
Regardless of the various features of either, Movies Now! Free is at least comparable to the popular Movies by Flixster and is a more comprehensive movie app than Now Playing and the other few freebies. If you often choose your movies on the fly, based on where you’re at and what you’re doing at the time, then Movies Now! should prove a useful addition to your menu.