MOVIE REFERENCE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

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by Leonard Maltin
January 23, 2013 1:38 PM
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When I was told that someone had transformed my 1,600 page paperback reference Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide into an iPhone app, I’ll admit I was wary…but the folks at MobileAge did a fine job and now the newly updated app for 2013 is ready. Like the current edition of the book, it offers 300 new entries, plus all the changes, additions and corrections you’ll find in the print edition. What makes the app special, however, is the unique features and functions it offers.

To quote the press release, “The Leonard Maltin Movie Guide includes the ability to watch trailers, rent or buy movies from iTunes, and add a movie to one's NetFlix queue. The lists feature allows tracking the films you watch, want to see, and own. And the entire database is stored locally, so no network access is required to use the app. The 2013 version is optimized for iPhone 5 and is iOS 6 compatible. Personal movie lists (favorites, recommendations, want to see, etc.) are now backed up/restored via Apple's iCloud.”

I’ve spent my life consulting reference books, but it’s hard to argue with a program that, with a finger tap or two, enables you to acquire an instant filmography or watch the trailer of a film you’re curious about. With another tap you can continue reading about a movie on imdb. MobileAge also sends my new movie reviews to each app subscriber when we post them on this site every Friday. The price is $1.99.

One of the app’s earliest and most enthusiastic adopters was Doug Benson, who plays The Leonard Maltin Game on his popular podcast Doug Loves Movies. He complained that when he upgraded to the new 2013 app he lost all the personalized movie lists he’d compiled with the old app. Fortunately, there’s a solution for this. The MobileAge folks explain:

          a) Lauch the Settings app on your iOS device

          b) Tap iCloud

          c) Tap Documents & Data and turn to Off

          d) Go back and launch Movie Guide, you should now see your lists

          e) You can now go back and turn Documents & Data to On

Whew! Now that we’ve fixed that problem, I can recommend the new 2013 Leonard Maltin Movie Guide for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with a clear conscience. I use it myself…and I like it.

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12 Comments

  • Stephan Klose | November 3, 2013 11:07 AMReply

    I order the book every year and will continue to do so, but at this point in time where android rules with 82% of marketshare it would be nice to have the app on my android too.

  • Johnny | July 21, 2013 8:50 PMReply

    Always bought your books but REALLY want to see an Android version of the app. John

  • Ben | July 19, 2013 4:53 PMReply

    The App is on the iTunes Store anymore. Is it coming back soon?

  • Ben | July 19, 2013 4:54 PM

    * The App isn't on the iTunes Store anymore

  • Barry | January 31, 2013 12:45 PMReply

    I've had the app for a few years on my iPod Touch and I love it. When will it update with the 2013 version? Thanks.

  • Carlos Sandoval | January 29, 2013 1:56 PMReply

    Great app! I´m a programmer in a little video theatre, and we show alternative and classic films. This is a great reference tool, and a must for film buffs. One of the most passionate film historians at his best at the tip of your hands...

  • Brent Chastain | January 24, 2013 4:26 PMReply

    But once again, like the Kindle version we can not search text on this wonderful reference. It would be great to pull up all movies that Maltin has called "sleepers" or "must sees" or seach for films in so many other ways via words and phrases. Hopefully if it moves the the Android platform it could have seach capabilities added.

  • Mike C | January 24, 2013 4:01 PMReply

    I use it all the time - it's awesome. A very useful app - thanks!

  • An Android User | January 23, 2013 5:45 PMReply

    Leonard, how about those of us on Android? Tell them to get one for us too!

  • Karen S. | January 23, 2013 5:10 PMReply

    Can the app be used on the iPhone 4 ?

  • Norm | January 23, 2013 3:39 PMReply

    I wonder when they will do a remake of Fahrenheit 451, what is the melting point of plastic...?

  • TakeMyMoney | January 23, 2013 1:58 PMReply

    So what excuse are they offering you for not developing an iPad app? After all these years of the iPhone app essentially remaining the same...

    If you've use the IMDB app on the iPad you'll know why I'm cheesed off that a native iPad version of your app still isn't for sale!

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