Moviegram (Free) by Steven Waterfall is a simple but elegant app that makes it easy for users to find information, trailers, and aggregated ratings on all movies.
It’s not hard to find movie information, so in order to stand out, a movie app needs to be great. Moviegram is particularly notable for its speed. As a devoted movie watcher, I’m a regular user of the IMDb app, which tends to be on the slow side. Since Moviegram isn’t pulling up as much information, it’s able to load much more quickly, which is convenient.
The app opens with a selection of posters from popular movies that are currently in theaters. There’s a search bar at the top, where you can enter a movie that you want to check out.
I had no problems finding any of the movies that I searched for, though it did seem to be punctuation specific. When you’ve found the movie that you’re looking for, tapping on it will display a brief description, a trailer if it is available, the runtime and rating, plus information on the actors.
At the bottom, it also displays the ratings from all three of the review sites, which I thought was a great feature, because those sites have different audiences and thus different scores. Older movies won’t always have Metacritic or Rotten Tomatoes ratings, but there’s always the IMDb rating to fall back on.
The only downside to Moviegram is the ad bar at the bottom, which is obviously distracting. It’s also a bit more limited than other, similar apps like the official IMDb app because it can’t be searched by actor (this is a big negative, in my opinion) and it doesn’t contain information on television shows.
I would be more likely to use this app if it functioned a bit more like IMDb with a cleaner interface, because while it is a nicely designed, quick-loading app, it’s just lacking a few too many features for me to keep it on my phone. However, if you’re looking for a simple solution to find movie info, or if you want to get a quick look at what’s at the box office, then this app is worth the download.