04
Feb
moviepasstiny

MoviePass sounds like a pretty fantastic service for movie buffs. Pay a set fee every month, and you can go to the theater as much as you would like (with a fairly lengthy list of caveats). It's Netflix, but for all the movies that are out now. While it wouldn't be of much interest to the casual viewer who might only see one or two flicks a year, the avid viewer could save tons of money. What's a sweet subscription without an Android app to go along with it, though?

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Most of the functions of this app can probably already be performed by your theater app of choice, however being able to look up listings that only include participating locations is a handy filter to have. In addition to finding showtimes, you can keep track of your viewing history, manage perks, and connect with other MoviePass users. Handy and fully-featured. Just the way we like it.

Unfortunately, as stated before, MoviePass is currently in an invite-only beta. You can apparently pay for a gift option (and likely use that as a way to circumvent the need for an invite), but you'll be paying extra for it. The gift option allows you to buy a friend one month for $50, three for $120, or a full year for $360. However, these may not be indicative of the actual price of a regular subscription, which starts at $30/month as long as you commit to a year. It's confusing, to say the least, but given that it's a private beta, we can forgive it for being less than transparent. Until that invite comes around, of course.

Now, if you'll excuse me, this has reminded me that I need to order my AMC Best Picture Showcase tickets.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    Finally! I'm really enjoying this service. If I keep see at least 3 movies a month, I'm getting my money's worth. I would plug the film podcast I record, but I don't think Android Police would like that :-P

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Plug away.

  • philnolan3d

    i checked this out but there's no way i was paying for a year in advance.

  • LazarusDark

    Does anyone else keep reading "Muultipass"

    I can spend more than $35 a month on movies, but only because I go with my wife. The Moviepass faq says its only good for one ticket purchase per day, so we could not get our moneys worth out of two seperate cards. If you could get two tix out of the same card, it would be worth it.
    ... They don't make that many movies worth the time it takes to see them these days....

  • http://twitter.com/JohnS1282 John

    I read someone else's experience:
    FYI, this service is NOT as great as it seems. I was a Beta tester for this program and canceled my membership after 1 month of usage.
    Problems:
    1. You can only see one movie per day.
    2. You can only see any given movie once. Period.
    3. Doesn't work for 3D films.
    4. You need to commit to seeing at least 3 movies per month in order to be cost effective.
    5. Required to use GPS on your phone in order to "check-in" at the theater to reserve your tickets. Sometimes doesn't work, resulting in you walking around the theater for 20 min trying to "check-in".
    6. The fine print of "monthly" subscription locks you into the program for an entire 12 months, and hits you with exorbitant fees for early cancellation.

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