Developer: KODU
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 2.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★☆☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

There are moments when the choices app developers make absolutely boggle my mind. Take Movies Now HD, a new universal app for both the iPhone and iPad. There’s nothing wrong with the app, per se; it does what it says it will do. It locates movie theaters near where you live, provides showtimes, plot synopses and movie trailers. If you want to buy movie tickets, you can using your movietickets.com account, provided a theater near you honors the service. The trouble is, Movies Now HD costs $1.99, and there are several other, much better, options that do the same thing and more for free.

The main screen of Movies Now HD provides four primary options: Box Office, which shows top grossing, newly released and currently playing films, Upcoming, which shows exactly what it says it shows, Theaters, which provides a Google map of nearby theaters, and Tickets, which shows any tickets you have purchased for upcoming films. You can also add films to a wish list, which seems sort of odd, as it’s only a holding area for movies you are interested in seeing. It might be interesting if you could share your wish list – like Amazon – and others could gift tickets to you through the app. Alas, Movies Now HD doesn’t do that.

It would be great if I could list all of the new and exciting features that Movies Now HD brings to movie apps, but as it stands it’s a marginally acceptable app and nothing more. I can’t *ding* it too harshly on the rating scale that we use, but the bottom line is that you should avoid this app and spend your money elsewhere. If you want easy access to movie trailers, showtimes, tickets and more I recommend the much better Flixter. Trust me on this one.

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