Remove ads with our VIP Service
Add Your Comments
- "Reader Favorites" Listing Updated in Now Showing [8/5]
- Dolby Atmos Indications Added to Showtimes [7/25]
- Submit Your Ticket Price Reports for Movie Theaters! [7/4]
- Gift Shop Enhanced with More Selections for Downloading Movies and Music via iTunes [9/17]
- Finding Drive-Ins Made Easy [8/2]
- New Feature: Search for Theaters from the Past - See the history, tell your stories [6/30]
- Making It Easier to Sift Through Multiple Versions of the Same Movie [5/26]
- Canadian Postal Codes Now Supported [4/29]
- Now Listing Showtimes for All U.S. Theaters! [4/8]
- New ZIP Code Search Feature Makes Finding Theaters Easier [11/17]
One of the challenges when going to the movies is deciding which movie to see. After all, one look at the "All Movies" page shows 344 movies currently playing in theaters.
How to choose which one to see?
One of the ways that we're trying to help is by providing reviews for each movie, so when you've found a movie that you're interested in, you can find out a little more about it and what others have thought of it. On each movie page, just look for the "Reviews" sidebar item and you will find the Reviews page for that movie. (see the Reviews page for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" as an example)
I've added two new items to each Reviews page:
- Link to Metacritic.com
- Link to Parental Guide Information on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Metacritic.com is an interesting service that aggregates the reviews from dozens of sources, including newspapers such as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today, magazines like Time, Rolling Stone, and Variety, and respected web sites (including our own Featured Movie Critic, James Berardinelli), and compiles those reviews into a 0-100 scale and averages them out for each movie.
For example, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is currently at a good 71 vs. a poor 26 for "Captivity." This number can give you a good idea of the general opinions among professional critics. They balance this out with a user rating feature as well, so you have professional and non-professional opinions to help you decide (these movies currently have 7.1 and 4.4 out of 10 ratings). Given the fact that the former brought in $77 million and the latter brought in a whopping $1.4 million this past weekend (just behind "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," which has been out for 8 weeks), it would seem audiences in general agree.
The Internet Movie Database is a great resource for everything related to movies. They recently released a new feature that allows registered IMDb users to add information pertaining to the content of each movie, broken down in the following categories:
- Sex and Nudity
- Violence and Gore
- Frightening/Intense Scenes
The number of movies with this information is a little low right now, but after looking through some of the major releases of this summer, I felt that the feature has potential and was worth providing a link to it.
The two additions join the resources we were already linking to on the Reviews page. The Reader Reviews feature is a great way for BigScreen readers to share their opinions of movies, and our Featured Movie Critic has always been a popular resource for our readers. In March of 2006, we had added family-oriented reviews by Screen It! and Plugged In Online, so the IMDb Parental Guide link will provide families an additional source of content-related information about movies.
I hope these additions will help you determine which movies to see more easily and give you a better idea of which movies are appropriate for your family to see!
Add Your Comments
No comments found. Be the first and let us know what you think!
Add Your Comments
|Commenting on Journal Articles is available only to our readers who have customized this site, which makes it easier for you to complete the form and for us to contact you with any questions or concerns about your comments.|
Please login or register a new account before continuing.
Log in to retrieve your saved settings.
Forget Your Passcode?Send My Passcode To Me
Not Registered? Create a New Account!
Our registered members enjoy more features, including:
- Save Your ZIP Code -- the site remembers your ZIP code, no having to re-enter it each time you visit
- Favorite Theaters List -- keep a handy list of the theaters you attend
- Favorite Movies List - movies you want to see, all in one place
- Write Movie Reviews -- share your opinions of the movies you see
- Block Ads with VIP Service -- view this site ad free (subscription req'd)
Basic accounts are free -- sign up today!
Concerned About Privacy?
Journal/Blog - The Marquee - Movie Links - News and Events - Now Showing - Reader Reviews
Customize - VIP Service
|The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a service of SVJ Designs LLC. All graphics, layout, and structure of this service (unless otherwise specified) are Copyright © 1995-2014, SVJ Designs. The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a trademark of SVJ Designs. All rights reserved.
'ACADEMY AWARDS®' and 'OSCAR®' are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.