If you’re scrambling to find a movie listing, the iPhone can tap that data anywhere. And instead of Safari, a handful of stand-alone apps do the job better, with interfaces designed for the mobile searching. We compared Movies, Now Playing, OneTap Movies, and Showtimes to see which gives the most movie information while still being simple to use.
Showtimes provides simple movie theater box-office information see what’s playing nearby. This free version of OneTap Movies lets you scroll through a list based on ticket sales, rating, recent additions, or you can browse local theaters. While the theater list included most of our local favorites—even small locations—this scaled-back software is missing features from free competitors.
Originally named BoxOffice, Now Playing navigates the web of movie listings from your iPhone. The app hits all of the critical basics, listing theatres in proximity to your location; and movies by release date, rating, or title. The clean interface includes links to trailers and reviews. Even small theatres typically include full showtimes.
OneTap Movies includes only the basics to find movie time listings; it shows recent movies, high-grossing movies, or theater schedules near your location. If that’s nearly all you need, the interface works well, displaying theaters with a disclosure triangle to reveal specific movies and movie times.
Movies aptly shows current and upcoming theatrical releases. It automatically reads you location—or manually entered ZIP code—to show relevant, local results. And items are salted with relevant details; most current releases include trailers, nearly every listing shows a poster, and Movies slurps in reviews, synopses, and more.