If you’re a movie buff (and really, who isn’t?), then you’ll want to peep a relatively new app called Film Closet from Vaggelis Diatsigkos, a student at the University of Patras (Greece). The app is available for free on Windows Phone (7.x and 8) and Windows RT.
The app is what it sounds like: a repository for all things in movies these days. Think of IMdB but with more meat to it and a solid Modern UI design. The app accesses TheMovieDB for its info and it should allow users to access more than 60,000 movies, including all current and upcoming releases.
Windows Phone 7.x and 8
When you choose a movie you get info, trailer links (built-in video player), cast, crew, similar, share the info, add to favorites/watchlist/, links, backdrops and posters (you can click to save to your phone) and pin to start. You get similar features when selecting an actor as well.
The app also features a swanky double wide Live Tile that updates with the last image of the last film you explored using the app, adding some nice variety to your Start screen.
The Windows 8 app, also free (no ads either), has the same layout and is a great companion app to the Windows Phone version.
If we had to be picky about such a fantastic movie app, we would ask for SkyDrive access to backup/share our history/favorites/watch list or even more, have them sync between our phone and Windows 8 device (ala Package Tracker). Another feature that would make this app fantastic would be local access to look up showtimes in your area, so that you can take the next logical step after looking up a movie.
Having said that, Film Closet is a great first effort from the developer. It has a gorgeous UI, is easy to use and we love duo-apps for Windows Phone/Windows 8. Plus it’s free with no ads, meaning there is no risk here for you. If you use IMdB but want a better app (in our opinion), then give this a go.