Moviefone is a useful tv and movie search engine. On this website, you can track down media and find out where to watch. Information that can be found on Moviefone includes showtimes for local cinemas, cinema details, film reviews, advance tickets, and television content. The website offers an optimized search tool that makes life easier for movie and tv fans.
The website was founded after a popular telephone service featuring the voice of Mr. Moviefone received great praise. The company was bought and sold numerous times in the process of its lifetime. In 2014 the telephone service was shut down and the website was majorly overhauled to appeal to the masses.
The website design is a very clean and crisp one. It feels more futuristic than modern. The layout and color scheme is visually appealing. The gray, blue, and white theme is easy on the eyes. The logo is very plain but straightforward.
There is an enormous advertisement at the very top of the page as the header. Advertisements are a necessary evil, but when they are that large it takes away from the website. Luckily, the ads on the website mostly pertain to movies and tv shows, so it’s not all bad.
The content on Moviefone is vast. There are showtimes for local cinemas, cinema details, film reviews, advance tickets, and television content. Their primary menu reads from left to right – movie times and tickets, movies, new on DVD, videos, and news. There are further subcategories, as well. Behind the scenes, looks, interviews, and photo galleries can also be found on the website.
Featured stories are found in the form of a slideshow on the home page. Some of the featured stories you can expect are behind the scenes looks and teasers to new movies. Currently, Marvel just dropped a terrific teaser trailer for the ‘Black Widow’ is an interesting feature story. The article written by the Moviefone Staff includes information about the upcoming movie starring Scarlett Johanson. The article goes on to embed the youtube video for easy viewing. The Moviefone Staff do a good job of citing their references directly and linking other important information.
For the avid movie-goer snagging tickets to a popular movie can be quite disappointing if you don’t arrive to the ticket booth on time. Moviefone eliminates this problem by bringing the tickets directly to you online. WIth Moviefone, you can search for local theaters and movie times for your city. There is a large list of cities to browse through, but if you live in a rural setting, the odds are this feature won’t work properly.
The movie category is a well-organized section of the Moviefone site. It lists 2020 movies in release date order. The options to filter include year, month, and genre. When you hover overtop the movie poster the website provides the options of watching the trailer, more info, and showtimes. Looking up more info on the movies is useful. Moviefone lists release dates, plot summaries, cast, director, genre, production company, and distributors.
New movie trailers are prioritized by the newest. The trailers are further broken down by trailers for movies coming soon, trailers for movies in theaters, and latest trailers. There are countless teasers in this section of the website. It is very easy to get lost in them.
New on DVD sorts by release dates as well. The section of the website is useful for people who don’t love going to theaters or who can’t wait for their favorite new film to release on DVD. There is a very handy tool on this page. A list that is navigated according to release months lets viewers know what DVDs are releasing in what month. However, this feature seemed to be down at the time of me trying to access it. If it is functional, it would be useful.
The video section of Moviefone involves a lot of interview-style pieces. The project that is seen the most is something called Unscripted. There are celebrity guests like John Cena and Craig Robinson. The cast is varied and focuses on a multitude of different movies and television shows. In the show, the actors and actresses get to answer viewer questions and “go off the script.” The news content is primarily made up of videos from Unscripted, photo galleries, and behind the scenes articles.
Desktop & Mobile Accessibility
The desktop version of Moviefone is perfectly fine. The website design is okay. The layout is good. There is nothing particular to complain about. The nice clean look is probably my favorite part of the search engine.
Mobile browsing is also just okay. It is just a scaled-down version of the website. It is optimized for readers. The text is readable and navigation is simple. Unfortunately, there is no mobile app to review.
There are many positives abut Moviefone. The website offers a unique search engine to viewers looking for movies and showings. The options of sorting through content are very good. The organization on Moviefone is endless.
The content itself like the news articles, videos, interviews, and behind the scenes info is greatly varied. There are tons of genres and something for every viewer. The exclusive Unscripted video series is a highlight.
My absolute favorite part of Moviefone, which I happened upon by accident was the error page. I clicked on a part of the site that didn’t work and received one of the most hilarious error codes of all time. Regina George from the movie Mean Girls stared back at me. The page stated “Stop trying to make this page happen. It’s never going to happen.” It then listed possible reasons why I could not access it. The reasons included – the link no longer exists, you have the wrong URL, this link is expired, or your hair is full of secrets.
There are a few negatives to this website. The design is somewhat forgettable. It is visually appealing but does not leave a lasting memory. Another issue is that sometimes certain links do not work. There is also no mobile application, which I find strange for such a long-standing company.
People in rural communities will have a hard time using this website. It is focused on larger cities. Searching certain zipcodes wields little to no results.
There are a few improvements Moviefone could make. Firstly, an app would be a good improvement to make. An app would mean more traffic on the website and more viewers for their content. Next, I would put forth more of an effort to connect with viewers in more rural locations too. Another issue that could be fixed is the number of bugs and links that were down on the website.
The website, Moviefone was founded as a telephone. The voice of Mr. Moviefone was well received and the company expanded to a website. On the website, users can track down showtimes, local cinemas, and read entertaining content. The site offers useful tools like showtime searches and optimizes organization for sorting.
The design of the website is mostly plain. It has a clean and futuristic style to it. The color scheme is a blue, white, and grey combo. The layout is nice and provides smooth transitions throughout the website. The categories and subcategories are also well designed.
The content on Moviefone is varied. There are many genres and movies covered on the website. There is also a series done by the Moviefone staff and celebrities. In the video series actresses and actors go off the script to answer questions sent in from viewers.
There are a lot of positives when looking at Moviefone, but there are about as many negatives too. This tool is useful for the avid movie-goer that lives in the city. Overall, the website is moderate compared to others of this nature.