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The Internet Movie Database is one of those invaluable tools that defines the Internet age... at least for movie and TV addicts. Today's app update 4.0 isn't quite as dramatic as some of the previous additions, but it should help you keep on top of the upcoming Academy Award smorgasbord, and might just help you kill some time 'round the holidays too.

2013-12-19 15.02.49 2013-12-19 15.03.17

First of all, IMDb has added a selection of lists from the site editors. These aren't the "1000 actresses I'd really like to go on a date with" written by pathetic, bored movie fans... these are "Ten Best Movies of 2013" lists written by professional, bored movie fans. There are also a few more useful lists, including a neat feature on shows that have been cancelled or renewed. Also notable is a list of shows available on Amazon Instant Video... which would be a lot more useful if IMDb's owners would actually release an Amazon Instant Video app already.

According to the description, the app has added even more biographical information to actor and crew pages, though of course some will have more than others. You can also vote on movie and TV trivia, though looking through the app, I can't actually see where you do this. As always, the app is free and includes some relatively tame advertising.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • ran

    The design still feels cluttered for those looking just for the new movies and their times.

    Still prefer flixter

    • Christofftofferson

      Agreed, though I just end up googling them. Much easier.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

        Actually, IMDB with a Google 'card' interface would be epic

    • Matt

      Well, that isn't really the point of IMDB; new movies and movie times have just become part of the content in the past few years. It's really more for movie geeks looking up data (who directed, what year was it made, where were the filming locations, what else has this director done, was this actor in X movie in 1973, what are some of the best quotes). It really is unbeaten in terms of movie databases. Even if Google Cards have a better interface, IMDB is still the go-to app for comprehensive movie data.

      • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

        Until the IMDB app adds in a way for me to see the aspect ratio for a movie/show, it's useless to me. I'll keep going to the site instead.

  • G

    It's certainly improving but it still feels alot less slick than the ios version. Also feel they have room to improve with the kindle version on Android also. Google's version is looking more and more appealing to me if I wasn't so closed in on Amazon's Kindle with all the books I've bought I'd probably switch over.

  • Jadephyre

    It would be nice if the app would finally have a language choice built-in.
    I'm from Germany, but I watch all my movies in english, and it would be really nice if I could have the app in english as well, as that would make looking for them a lot easier.

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    This might actually make the Oscars fun again, or at least worth seeing again.

  • Patruns

    Does this address the extremely slow loading of the app? I'm on Nexus 5. This should just pop when I tap on it. Otherwise, I will be uninstalling.

  • Vladimir

    It finally works great on ART. No more double start.