Movie Roll: The one movie app you need for Android

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 29, 2013
Updated • Jul 4, 2019
Apps, Google Android

Back in the dark days when there was no Internet and mobile phones weight more than a 5kg sack of rice, you had to rely on magazines and movie trailers in cinema to find out about new and exciting movies to watch. If you wanted to find out more about movies that had been released, you were more or less out of luck, even though you may have found a couple of books that reviewed them.

The Internet changes this significantly. Movie information are just one or two clicks away now, with sites like IMDB offering information about nearly every movie that has ever been produced, and even those that have been canceled, and those that will be produced in the future.

The rise of smartphone apps moved the information to the mobile realm as well, with apps such as Movie Roll offering information about movies in compact form on those devices.

Update: Movie Roll is no longer available. You could give the official IMDB app a try instead. End

Movie Roll Free

Movie Roll Free is a free application for the Android operating system that provides you with several interesting features. It does cover what is popular now, so that you can use it to find out more about movies that can be watched in cinemas currently.

Just select a movie that you are interested in based on the title and cover shot, and read up on its cast, plot and reviews, watch trailers or photos, or browse the similar movie section that the app makes available.

movie roll free movie cast

Trailers play directly in the application with the videos coming from YouTube exclusively it appears. They play in a small frame on the screen by default, but you can change that to fullscreen mode easily for a better viewing experience.

The photos displayed by the application are high quality in nature. You can tap on any to either share it with friends, or save it to the phone, for instance for use as a wallpaper image or simply safe keeping.

Reviews are taken from a variety of sources, including Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB.

The similar tab comes in handy if you like a movie and want to watch similar movies. If you look up Iron Man 3 for example, you get the other Iron Man parts, Captain America and other Marvel film adaptions, as well as some lesser known movies such as Prince of Space or Kekko Kamen.

Movie Roll has more to offer than this though. One of the interesting features is the "what movie should I watch" feature which asks you a couple of questions, if it should be a recent movie for instance or if you do not mind that it is underrated, before it displays one movie matching the selection.

The questions are not always the same, and the suggested movies are not either so that you can run the module several times to get different suggestions.

That is still not all though. The frontpage provides you with access to movie top lists and other features as well. Here you can browse upcoming movies and watch trailers of them, check out the top 10 box office or DVD releases, browse subgenre charts, or tap on the random movie link to get a random movie suggestion.

The sub-genre charts are noteworthy. Instead of displaying genres such as fantasy, war or sports here, you get to browse interesting genres such as "greatest twist endings", "time travel", "steampunk" or "dystopia" instead. And yes, there is also a page for the most anticipated movies of the year.

Closing Words

Movie Roll has a lot to offer in terms of functionality. It is not perfect yet though, as features such as movie play times, buying tickets online, or even suggested movies using online stores, are not implemented (yet) in the application.

The "coming soon" feature listing does list those features though, and a couple additional ones, like the ability to create your own movie lists and collections, or to review movies.

If you are seeking information mainly, it is one of the better apps for Android for that purpose though.

A paid version of the application, Movie Roll Pro, is available for roughly $2 in the store. Buying the application removes the ad that is displayed at the bottom of the screen on all pages.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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