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Movie Sites (from PC Magazine)

Rotten Tomatoes Rotten Tomatoes has gone through several changes over the years, but it remains one of the best resources for movie reviews. Seven million monthly readers flock to Rotten Tomatoes to read more than 850,000 movie reviews, which are aggregated from various media outlets such as Hollywood Reporter, Newsweek, and Variety. Film buffs can also get their daily fix of movie news, movie trailers, photo galleries, and more. Currently in beta, Rotten Tomatoes will expand its site to include more video, a faster-loading homepage, and a better assortment of photos. Each film is scored by the Tomatometer, which Rotten Tomatoes describes as a system that summarizes the opinions of respected film critics into an easy-to-use percentage, from fresh to rotten ratings. Worst Feature: Some elements of the site load slowly.
RogerEbert There is no more thorough and honest film critic than the Pulitzer Prize-winning Roger Ebert. On his own comprehensive Web site, Roger Ebert shares his more than 5,500 reviews written for the Chicago Sun-Times. Every other Sunday, Ebert looks back at films that he deems Great Movies, and re-reviews them.
The Four Word Film Review What's unique about this movie reviews site is that no more than four words can be used. Some example reviews of Kung Fu Panda are: Slacker Black repels attack, Bear is grasshopper, and Saving Valley? Panda fu! The site has over 272,000 reviews and features over 25,000 films. An amusing element of the site is the clue balloon in the upper right hand corner. From the four words provided, guess which movie it is describing. Click on Clue if you need some help.
Film.com Owned by media service provider RealNetworks, Film.com is a tabloid-like site for movie fans. From the latest entertainment news and gossip, to fun articles like Adam Sandler's best movies, to Film.com's audio movie reviews, it's easy to spend a whole afternoon on the site. Peruse the DVD section for what's new on DVD, what's coming soon, and which DVDs the staff is talking about. If you're a TV buff, get all of your TV news here, too.
First Showing A 2007 PC Magazine Top 100 Undiscovered Web site, First Showing is offers a complete list of movie release dates, movie news from various sources, and an archive of reviews written by the FirstShowing.net staff. Interviews with the likes of director Peter Segal and actor Ben Stiller also make the site an interesting read. Best Feature: Stay on top of movie releases by adding them to your Google Calendar. Worst Feature: The list of theater events is restricted to the Colorado Springs area only.
MovieMistakes At first glance, MovieMistakes.com isn't much to look at, but look deeper, and you'll see that the site is chock full of the worst movie goofs in recent history. Did you know that there are already 66 found mistakes in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? For example, "In the chase scene around the campus, Mutts' motorcycle has a belt drive. Harley Davidson did not make belt drive bikes until two decades later." Currently, Apocalypse Now holds the record for the most goofs, with 396. There's also a list of the "best" movie mistakes, the most mistakes of 2008, movie trivia, best movie quotes, and even TV mistakes. Best Feature: Who knew laughing at someone else's mistakes would be so entertaining. Worst Feature: The underwhelming site design.
IMDb No site can match the extensive information that the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) provides its 57 million monthly users. Moviegoers can look up film release dates, watch trailers, and read movie news. But most fans use IMDb to search for films and learn about the cast and crew, nominations and awards, trivia, recommendations, and more. Best Feature: The breadth of information available. Worst Feature: The addition of celebrity news. I don't want gossip mixed with facts!
Apple Movie Trailers Want to watch movie trailers without news and reviews taking up screen real estate? Apple's Movie Trailers site offers a slew of current and upcoming movie trailers, including the comedy Get Smart, the Disney/Pixar film WALL-E, and the drama August. Sort by Just Added, Exclusive, Just HD, Most Popular, Genres, or Movie Studio. Users can view the trailers on their computer screens or download them to their iPods. Best Feature: All the movie trailers you can handle. Worst Feature: All the movie trailers you can handle.
The Movie Spoiler Warning: Unless you don't have the time to watch this summer's blockbusters, or you're crazy enough to read about a film's ending before seeing it, The Movie Spoiler will definitely spoil the ending for you. Relying on user-submitted content, the site is broken down by weekly box office film earnings and a plot-by-plot guide of that particular movie. Visit the archives for even more spoilers from 8 Mile to Zoom. Best Feature: A simple, albeit ugly, site to navigate. Worst Feature: Ads galore.
Criticker With Criticker, rate movies on a 1 to 100 scale, and you'll be matched with other users who share the same cinematic interests. In order to give each film you've seen a rating, page through the randomly generated lists of movies or search the site for specific films. Once you've ranked at least 10 films, you will generate what the site refers to as The Taste Compatibility Index (TCI): a measure of the similarity between two users' tastes in films. Best Feature: The Facebook, MySpace, and iGoogle widgets to show others what films you dig and don't dig. Worst Feature: The site's TCI ranking system is a bit confusing.
Flixster Just over two years old, the social networking site Flixster has grown into a vast online database of over a billion user-generated movie ratings. To rate a movie, simply click on the Rate Now button next to that particular film. Amuse yourself with the quiz questions, polls, actor bios, photos, movie trailers, and more. Create lists of movies to share with friends, or vote on the top news stories of the day. Best Feature: Flixster Wiki, which lets you add or edit content on the history of movies. Worst Feature: Some users may be wary over the site using their e-mail account's entire address book in order to send a Flixster invitation to all of their contacts.
/Film Launched in August 2005, this popular film blog offers news, news, and more news for cinema-obsessed fans.
Cinematical Operated by the Weblogs Network, Cinematical is jam-packed with interviews, reviews, news, photo galleries, movie clips, and more.
FEARnet Raised from the dead on Halloween 2006, FEARnet is the ultimate destination for horror flick fans. Peruse the site's news and reviews, movie library, online games, and free Web movies, such as Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror and Evil Dead 2.

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Web Sites > Theater > Movies
Ralph Carmichael