Movie fans should check out Film Closet for Windows Phone and Windows 8
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.
Pick up Film Closet for Windows Phone here in the Store or the Windows RT version here (opens in new tab). Let us know in comments what you think!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
I'll gladly give this a try over flixster.
You can't seem to be able to log in and sync info to other versions of the app on other platforms. What if I get a new phone? How can I get my favorite list to it? And do I really need to favorite everything on my Windows 8 PC and Surface RT as well?
Also instead of a watchlist there should be a watched list. This would be my primary use for the app to check whether or not I've seen a film. I know I can use the watchlist for it (although I think its for movies to watch) but it doesnt clearly say whether the film is on the watchlist when you search it. You can only find this under the option menu. I'd love to have a clear indicator like on TVSHOW that says 'seen all episodes' or 'two unseen episodes'. So basically on the info page of a film have it say 'not seen' or 'seen it'.
Having these two things would make this one of my favorite apps. Right now I dont feel like building up a library because it doesnt sync.