10 best apps for movie lovers in 2020

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There’s something magical about a good movie, whether you’re seeing it on the big screen for the first time or you’re re-watching it for the 50th time on Netflix with your friends. These days, our smartphones have made the cinema experience even more accessible, with apps available for everything, from finding cheap seats at your local cinema to streaming new releases straight to your phone. You can even try your own hand at movie making, with apps giving you access to simplified tools to give you a professional quality feel.

Whether you’re a regular seat warmer at your local cinema, or prefer the comfort of your own couch, we’ve compiled a list of mobile apps that should tickle the fancy of any movie lover.

Movie streaming apps

If you’re the type of person who enjoys the freedom of movies in your own home, you’re probably all over Netflix and Stan like a rash. If you feel like you’ve done those to death however, here are some fresh faces on the streaming scene that may be worth tuning into.

Disney+

Disney+

As one of the newest kids on the movie streaming block, Disney+ had to pull out all the stops for its big launch in late 2019 to be a contender in the streaming wars. However, exclusive streaming of Disney Originals, plus mega film franchises Marvel and Star Wars, have seen Disney+ careen to the forefront of the streaming space.

Sign up to Disney+

Don’t have a Disney+ account yet? There are two plan options to choose from – a monthly subscription at $8.99 per month, or prepay for a year at $89.99 and save on the monthly cost. Both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
Disney+ Logo

Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • 7 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $8.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $8.99
Advertised Cost/month
Get DealCanstar Blue receives a commission for sign-ups through Disney+ *
Disney+ Logo

Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost
  • 7 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $89.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $89.99
Advertised Cost/month
Get DealCanstar Blue receives a commission for sign-ups through Disney+ *

Mubi

Mubi

The premise of Mubi is pretty straightforward, but also unlike anything else on the streaming scene at the moment. Each day a new film is hand-picked to stream or download for 30 days, meaning that there are 30 films available at all times. This revolving list of curated films covers everything from cult classics to award-winning cinema, perfect for those who want to discover hidden gems and festival favourites.

What-to-watch apps

If you love a good movie but hate making decisions, here are some apps which may make narrowing down your options a bit easier.

Flixster

Flixster

Although known as Flixster – Showtimes & Tickets and Movies by Flixster, with Rotten Tomatoes on the App Store and Google Play respectively, don’t let the conflicting names get in the way of a good time. In fact, good times are Flixster’s thing, as the app lets you book movie tickets, read reviews and check a movie’s freshness factor from aggregator review website Rotten Tomatoes, giving everything you need to decide on a movie night.

Letterboxd

Letterboxd

If your friends are sick of your movie chat or you find that your Wes Anderson Appreciation Facebook groups aren’t satisfying the cinema social interactions you crave, look no further than Letterboxd. It’s a social media platform that revolves around cinema, allowing you to pull apart every frame with like-minded individuals, write your own reviews or find a good recommendation for your next trip to the big screen.

dinggo!

dinggo

If you subscribe to Netflix, Hulu or Prime Video and find yourself spending more time choosing a film than actually watching one, dinggo! may be the one for you. With a similar setup to Tinder, this app lets you select the genres that you’re in the mood for and swipe through the available options across streaming platforms. You’re bound to find your perfect match!

Movie-goer apps

Take the stress out of the cinema with these apps that help make the big screen better, so you can focus on the important stuff (like snacks).

Choovie

Choovie

If you’re a firm believer that movies are better on the big screen, Choovie’s movie tickets at demand-based prices can get you to the cinema with cash leftover for a choc-top. You just select your location or movie (or both) and Choovie shows you the empty seats that need filling at reduced prices.

Groupon

Groupon

While not specifically movie related, this app is good for getting cheap deals on pretty much anything, including trips to the cinema! Groupon is fun to scroll through and see what movie deals are happening in your area, you’ll usually snag a bargain. The deals available are often for obscure experiences, like a drive-in movie or open-air cinema, and many are packages that include a bite to eat or drink on arrival to sweeten the deal, giving you plenty of options for your next movie date night.

RunPee

RunPee

We’ve all fallen into the trap of finishing a frozen coke during the previews and regretting it almost immediately, triggering an anxiety-inducing game of “should I go now or hold off a little longer?” This is where RunPee steps in. The app tells you the best time to go to the bathroom, based on recommendations left by people who have seen the movie previously. You can even set a reminder so that your phone vibrates when you’ve reached a boring bit.

DIY movie making apps

So, you’ve seen a million movies and have a head full of ideas, why not have a crack at creating your own cinema gold with these movie-making apps.

Celtx Script

Celtx

With a bunch of presets and templates to choose from, Celtx Script takes the difficulty out of formatting your script so that you can focus more on the good stuff… like whether the heroine saves the planet, or the enemy escapes to see another day. The app also lets you collaborate with others as well as help you storyboard your ideas and figure out a schedule and budget if you’re really looking to bring your ideas to life.

FilmoraGO

FilmoraGO

This easy-to-use video editing app gives you all the tools you need to make fun, effective movies and videos straight from your smartphone. A combination of tools, filters and effects, among other things, allow your imagination to run wild, and who knows, this could be the start of your journey on the road to the Academy Awards.

Are movie apps worth downloading?

Movies are a big part of keeping ourselves entertained, whether we’re watching them or creating them, with the apps on this list sure to keep you entertained for a while longer. However, you’ll have to keep an eye on your bank balance, as while some apps are free to download, some will cost you to sign up, while others may require payment in order to give you full access to features and benefits. But at the end of the day, who doesn’t love a good movie session?

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