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Google Adds Movie Ratings, Times, Reviews

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the goog-cinema dept.

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Mike Skweir writes " I was going to take my daughter to the movies this afternoon and I wanted to find out more about the movie 'Kicking & Screaming'... so I Googled it. To my surprise the following response occurred . When I followed the link, it actually gave me several reviews, movie ratings and the ability to search for a theatre in my area." Once you've entered your zip code, it will also tell you what movies are playing in your area.

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235 comments

another google innovation (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527428)

What I wonder is where Google gets its ratings from, most movie titles always give you results to the IMDB where reviews can be found anyway...

Re:another google innovation (5, Funny)

zetasmack (741760) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527446)

google knows all. do not question.

Re:another google innovation (0, Redundant)

SYFer (617415) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527530)

But can Google create a stone heavier than it can carry?

Re:another google innovation (3, Interesting)

0x461FAB0BD7D2 (812236) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527738)

More appropriately, can Google host a page that it cannot cache?

Re:another google innovation (1)

ElectricBrain (452147) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527760)

Too bad it doesnt work for www.google.ca :(

Next? (2, Interesting)

karthik_r085 (775682) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527440)

Next feature might be Music/Concert shows.

Sounds Handy... (2, Interesting)

paulschroeder (757739) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527441)

but will it let us know which ones to avoid [sonypictures.com] ?

Such a Great Way to Market (5, Interesting)

PogieMT (668493) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527444)

Google's true genius might be the way they add new features...and let it all get advertised by users. Instead of the Yahoo model of cluttering up the main page so much that is unusable, Google just adds a feature--and people find out when they try it, or it ends up on a site like Slashdot

Re:Such a Great Way to Market (5, Funny)

Col. Klink (retired) (11632) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527579)

> or it ends up on a site like Slashdot

Yeah, but how often does *that* happen?

Re:Such a Great Way to Market (3, Interesting)

ampmouse (761827) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527638)

Actualy, it happens very often, usualy more then once. A article about the same topic [slashdot.org] was posted just about three months ago...

Re:Such a Great Way to Market (0, Offtopic)

craXORjack (726120) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527583)

Instead of the Yahoo model of cluttering up the main page so much that is unusable

Or the microsoft model of pre-loading it as the default on 99% of all new computers and causing unending irritations for a user if she has the nerve to install a competing program.

Re:Such a Great Way to Market (4, Insightful)

fm6 (162816) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527647)

It is true that viral marketing [wikipedia.org] is very effective. But I don't think they're deliberately trying to do that. It's just that their haphazard product development process makes a proper "feature launch" impossible!

It's curious how Google repeatedly stumbles into extreme success. Early on, they decided to go with low-key text-based ads, not because they thought they'd be more successful than banner ads, but because the people making the decision hated pages with banner ads. We all know how that turned out -- it's the main reason Google turned a profit as early as it did.

Jeez, as I'm typing this there is this really annoying animated New Egg banner at the top of my Slashdot window. Some people never learn!

Re:Such a Great Way to Market (4, Insightful)

Jedi Alec (258881) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527772)

but because the people making the decision hated pages with banner ads.

And there you have it. Right now, the folks making the decisions are folks that think like us. Google still has a really geeky aura surrouding it. Who knows, some day the marketing droids might take over and it's back to the drawing board, but until then...

Re:Such a Great Way to Market (1)

KillerCow (213458) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527678)

Google's true genius might be the way they add new features...and let it all get advertised by users. Instead of the Yahoo model of cluttering up the main page so much that is unusable, Google just adds a feature--and people find out when they try it, or it ends up on a site like Slashdot

You mean, a shill or marketoid at google "discovers" it and starts sending it around.

Re:Such a Great Way to Market (1)

Kaenneth (82978) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527761)

As opposed to people who get tons of money from Microsoft; such as SCO.

Microsoft has as many good ideas as Google; unfortunetly they put money first.

Sorry you couldn't figure out the puzzles to send an application to Google Corp.

Re:Such a Great Way to Market (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527690)

It appears your genius and outstripped theirs http://www.google.com/googleblog/2005/02/google-mo vies-now-playing.html/ [google.com]
I guess another way to look at it is, they are crap at marketing, oh thats right, its google, sorry.

Re:Such a Great Way to Market (1)

lysergic.acid (845423) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527831)

exactly. the best kind of marketing is no marketing. instead of wasting money on marketing and advertising, they spend money on R&D to come up with better products and services.

Rate web pages (0)

suso (153703) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527448)

They should allow people to rate and review websites. That would make a little more sense, don't you think? Plus, it would be original.

Re:Rate web pages (2, Informative)

presroi (657709) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527468)

This feature exists. It is implemented in the google toolbar (look for two smileys). At least I remember it in Version 1.something.

Re:Rate web pages (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527479)

who wants to hear what some idiot says about a webpage... but then again, i am reading slashdot, aren't i... :)

Re:Rate web pages (5, Insightful)

Chiasmus_ (171285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527493)

They should allow people to rate and review websites. That would make a little more sense, don't you think? Plus, it would be original.

Considering that probably Google's prime concern is creating a tamper-proof search system, I don't think they'd invite a system that practically screamed "Please tamper with our rating system by posting rave reviews for your brochure site for herbal Viagra."

...unless, of course, the reviews were presented in such a way that they didn't affect which web sites people decided to click on - in which case the whole rating system would be little more than a waste of resources.

Re:Rate web pages (1)

Mister Impressive (875697) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527805)

They should at least allow users to rate the review itself, those with lesser ratings pushed down the list, and those rated higher up. I'd imagine you'd vote based on the review after seeing the movie of course...

Re:Rate web pages (1)

Absolut187 (816431) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527495)

I think thats a good idea, but I don't have any mod points.

They could ask you what type of search you are doing - technical research, entertainment, etc. and sort your results accordingly.

You know how when you are doing research there are always the first few crappy sites that are somebody's geocities or something.

And then you find that one great site [usually a university] and it has *tons* of information that you want.

Re:Rate web pages (3, Interesting)

Chiasmus_ (171285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527506)

They could ask you what type of search you are doing - technical research, entertainment, etc. and sort your results accordingly.

And in doing so, Google would create a brand new business model:

1. Create a website that advertises having pictures of Britney Spears and Natalie Portman in compromising positions and completely uninhibited, but of course contains only seven thousand banner ads.
2. Create hundreds of spambots to report to Google that your website is *the best* place to find quality research on apache, linux, lemmings, the San Francisco earthquake, herpes simplex B, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Calvinism, and navel lint.
3. Profit (see, that time step two existed)

Re:Rate web pages (1)

Absolut187 (816431) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527526)

I was assuming that the proposal would somehow prevent spambots from contributing to ratings.

I.E. at the very least, have one of those "type the word in the graphic" things.

Maybe require a log-in. Social security #.
Whatever.

Re:Rate web pages (4, Funny)

Chiasmus_ (171285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527562)

I.E. at the very least, have one of those "type the word in the graphic" things.

On a tangential note, the war between spambots to read those things and websites to obfuscate them is starting to lead to a lot of websites that are asking me to find the hideously distorted numbers in completely unintelligible scribble.

Eventually, as spambots get smarter and smarter, they're going to start having to retain the services of that guy who draws "Where's Waldo": "There are six numbers hiding in the magical forest. Can you find them all?"

Re:Rate web pages (1)

Absolut187 (816431) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527605)

Ha ha.

Better yet, it will be a magic eye puzzle.

You have to find the schooner before you can use the website.

Re:Rate web pages (1)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527841)

You don't actually expect me to give up my social security, driver's license, or any other personal number to google just so I can vote on whether a site is good or not. I like google, they have a good service, but I don't like them enough to give up that info just to move a website up 3 spots in rank.

focused searches (3, Informative)

Wabbit Wabbit (828630) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527697)

there are lots of targeted searches you can do on google via keywords, including focusing on scholarly/research papers and articles.

The complete list of keywords and their syntax is here [google.com] .

Re:Rate web pages (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527643)

I used to get paid for rating web pages... hrrm maybe 10 years ago now?

Re:Rate web pages (1)

HyperChicken (794660) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527719)

Furl and like services let users rate web pages and comment on them. Original? Ha.

Re:Rate web pages (2, Insightful)

mike518 (869465) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527755)

not a bad idea, just it would add a bunch of extra space needed for the review icons or text, and quite frankly i like the simplicity of google, thats what made it great in the first place, right?

little things like the movie reviews, basic calculator and answers to simple questions like "population of country X" are all great, but anything more -- esspecially in the way of code for EVERY web page would both be bulky and in my opinion detracting from the original concept of simplicity.

Bought reviews (0)

ignorant_coward (883188) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527450)


How many of the H2G2 reviews were bought? I saw the movie this afternoon and can't see how anyone at Yahoo! or wherever could give it an 'A' (yet there were several such reviews).

Re:Bought reviews (5, Funny)

YowzaTheYuzzum (774454) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527614)

How many of the H2G2 reviews were bought? I saw the movie this afternoon and can't see how anyone at Yahoo! or wherever could give it an 'A' (yet there were several such reviews).

I completely agree... how could anyone possibly have a different opinion to you?

Re:Bought reviews (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527881)

Couldn't agree with you more

Oh, isn't that old? (4, Insightful)

presroi (657709) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527452)

I remember on spotting this feature (which I am unable to use since google decided only to support the other side of the bath tub) some month ago.

I might add that there is some (currently unused) synergy to http://video.google.com/ [google.com] . There is no reason not to extend google video to movie texts.

Re:Oh, isn't that old? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527472)

The searching capabilities of Google just keep getting more advanced. Just tonight, I ran this little query [google.com] and found some very in-depth information on a subject that has been an interest of mine for a long time. I think you'll be impressed at just how thoroughly defined the results can be.

Re:Oh, isn't that old? (1)

ErichTheWebGuy (745925) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527866)

Absolutely. In fact, I remember Googling the movie '50 First Dates' and being shocked at the result (note that there was no video synergy). That was when said movie first came out, so that can provide some reference point. There is also synergy with Google maps, as I can roll a map of the nearest theater, as well as get directions on how to get there.

Re:Oh, isn't that old? (1)

ErichTheWebGuy (745925) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527870)

EDIT: There was no synergy with Google maps back then, I only had reviews and theater locations.

hmmmm (4, Informative)

benna (614220) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527453)

This sounds familiar [slashdot.org] .

Re:hmmmm (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527497)

Indeed, this has been a feature of Google for months, I know I used it in March.

Re:hmmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527521)

GOOGLE MOVIES II
The Revenge of the Dupe.

Re:hmmmm (1)

Col. Klink (retired) (11632) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527541)

Yup, google bootlicking and a dupe all rolled into one. Time to join the jihad [slashdot.org] .

Re:hmmmm (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527632)

Excellent! Time to get some Karma....

"It's been interesting over the last couple of months to see the new google services and how well they integrate with each other.

for instance, I use google local and at some point it squirreled away a cookie of my location. This information is used by google maps and also the movie reviews.

when I type movie: Hotel Rwanda it brings me to a listing of show times and links in my town. Another click on "7:40" brings me to the another site (movietickets.com, fandago.com, etc) where I can order a ticket. The point is: two clicks to getting movie tickets. Why would I go to any other site at this point? it's so easy with google, especially when I type it into the built in toolbar on my browser.

At this point it seems like any horizontal web app is a possible target for google"

"Just use booble!!!
You can get all sorts of information on movies from Booble. http://www.booble.com/ [booble.com] "
(Note, not safe for work)

"Just wait for the next iteration...

And I quote, "Popcorn and a date to snuggle up with are up to you. For now."

Here's hoping for the best with all of their future plans!"

Re:hmmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527786)

"Zonked" yet again! That rascal.

Another feature of the search (4, Informative)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527455)

Try this search [google.com] , or to put it into the search box: "movie:movie". Enter your zip code for a full listing of locally showing movies.

Too bad their information is incomplete (2, Interesting)

L.Bob.Rife (844620) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527663)

I would expect a company like google to use Cinema Source [cinema-source.com] since they are the #1 database clearinghouse of movietime information, that nearly every cinema in America communicates with.

Unfortunately, they seem to be using some other service which has incomplete records and doesn't even list some of my local theaters.

Compare for yourself by doing a search on moviefone or yahoo, and then check google.

Data collection... (4, Insightful)

orion88 (834423) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527459)

I just wonder what they're doing with all of this data. Between zip code and links visited, you could assemble some pretty interesting demographics.

-Ben

Re:Data collection... (1)

BlazeQ (869184) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527482)

So, through my GID, they now have my zip code, search habits, and, if I'm using their speed utility, my logins & passwords... Oo! Oo! Please store my credit card # too!

Re:Data collection... (2, Insightful)

Adult film producer (866485) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527743)

thats why it's a good idea to delete your google cookie at least once a week. But 99% of people won't do that, in the meantime google will know more about you in 5 years than your wife/family/dog ever will.

How many of those impulse searches you've made on google will tell your friends about ? :)

Kick Ass (1)

TheWordOfB (696275) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527462)

KICK ASS! Google never ceases to amaze. They are on the right track.. just imagine how intelligent google is going to be in 2 or 3 years! I'll be able to type in my homework and it'll answer it for me... oh wait... it already does with built in math functionality!

Also, you can search by plot!!! (5, Informative)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527473)

Even if you dont remember the movie name, you can try searching for plot/key phrases!!

e.g. searching for Future world [google.com] (or google "movies: future world") comes up with a decent list, with "Twelve Monkeys" on 1st and "Minority Report" as second!

Re:Also, you can search by plot!!! (1)

craXORjack (726120) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527535)

Even if you dont remember the movie name, you can try searching for plot/key phrases!!

Unless you are searching for a porno flick in which case you'll have to remember the name.

underwhelmed. (1)

linoleo (718385) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527556)


Until it comes up with this [imdb.com] I'll stick with IMDB, thank you. Reviews for blockbusters are a dime a dozen, and showtimes on another continent do nothing for me.

Re:underwhelmed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527624)

You want a search for "Kicking & Screaming" to come up with "Futureworld"?

Google (3, Interesting)

wcitechnologies (836709) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527475)

If google starts issuing IDs for each user, I wouldn't be suprised if it became more important than a social security number.

Re:Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527628)

If google starts issuing IDs for each user, I wouldn't be suprised if it became more important than a social security number.

What, you mean like this [google.com] ?

Re:Google (3, Funny)

bnitsua (72438) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527637)

your google id WILL be your social security number. google's going to acquire the social security administration next.

Re:Google (2, Funny)

C0vardeAn0nim0 (232451) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527654)

they already did.

its called Gmail.

Help me! (0)

kassemi (872456) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527476)

I figured I'd just try it once. Get what I needed, and get right out... But once I started I just couldn't stop... Maps, email services, news, shopping... And now movie times? What will I do?!

Hello, my name is James, and I'm a googleholic.

My Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527477)

Google is fast becoming the second Yahoo!. Now that everyone has a Google account, when will My Google be available?

Can Google be a better Yahoo! than Yahoo!?

Rotten... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527478)


Kicking and Screaming is rated Rotten [rottentomatoes.com] . I haven't seen the movie though, generally, RottenTomatoes' ratings are trustworthy.

Bye Bye Fandango (2, Insightful)

Salis (52373) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527484)

Say Good Bye to Mr. Fandango....

The only thing it does now is sell tickets, but who really wants to buy movie tickets online?

Onward Google, onward! Search ... Everything.

Re:Bye Bye Fandango (4, Insightful)

Chiasmus_ (171285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527519)

but who really wants to buy movie tickets online?

I would. Walking right past the line is actually pretty nice. But I don't want to pay a dollar over box office for the privilege. Since Fandango is *more* efficient than paying teenagers six bucks an hour to hand out tickets from those little bulletproof booths, it should cost *less*.

Weird how that concept has been lost on the big chains so far.

Re:Bye Bye Fandango (1)

arkhan_jg (618674) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527715)

Walking right past the line is actually pretty nice. But I don't want to pay a dollar over box office for the privilege. Since Fandango is *more* efficient than paying teenagers six bucks an hour to hand out tickets from those little bulletproof booths, it should cost *less*.

I think you've missed the reason; it's because you get to walk right past the line that you pay a dollar over box office. Efficiency has nothing to do with it, they do the same with telephone advance booking here. Because you get to guarantee your seat in advance without having to queue up in the rain, they figure you will be willing to pay more for the priviledge and convenience. Many people are. Is it fair? No. Market forces at work.

My favourite Google feature is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527489)

addition!
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=1%2B1%3D& btnG=Search [google.com] glad to see google looking out for us arithmatically challenged people out there.

Re:My favourite Google feature is (1)

Malawar (674186) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527532)

That's nothing, I have used google's calculator to do tons of physics homework. It's great, too, cuz if you type the units in (coulumbs, farads, etc) into your equation, it'll help you double-check everything and should spit out the right type of unit. It's awesome.

Yahoo has the same feature (2, Informative)

tonyquan (758115) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527511)

and it works very similarly...here's the result for the same movie: http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=FP-pull-web-t&p= kicking+screaming [yahoo.com]

Re:Yahoo has the same feature (1)

carlivar (119811) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527844)

But you forgot that when Google copies Yahoo it's an awesome new Google feature. When Yahoo copies Google they are just pathetic imitators.

Nice to see BIAS for endless Google crap. (0, Troll)

zymano (581466) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527517)

Before the censor police ban this post . Read this honest opinion instead of the sycophantic drivel of linux google users.

Isn't it great of Slash to continously promote google with all their stupid and meaningless projects ! Why do we need this on technology website supporting one search engine. Don't you find it odd ? Sure their search is ok but it is based on other peoples links and searches from other search engines. Afterall , it is a ranked system . How do you rank if you had nothing to go on ; if there were no seed to copy . Google is a nice search engine but idiots that run this site would do us a service and quit 'hyping' trivial news storys from google every few days. When google offers affordable broadband or free long distance , then I will be fucking impressed. Hell, what google has done has been replicated everywhere. It doesn't take much computer savy to pull off what they did.

I feel like someone is trying to fucking program people here .

Re:Nice to see BIAS for endless Google crap. (1)

Chiasmus_ (171285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527553)

I see a story mentioning a new feature of Google. I don't see an endorsement for the corporation.

Unless you're very new here, you're probably aware that Slashdot also mentions it whenever Microsoft announces a new feature.

Unless you're very new here, you're also probably aware that Slashdot does not officially endorse Microsoft (although, you know, nearly every single poster thinks that company is just the best thing since open source sliced bread).

Bias for everyone, really. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527656)

Bias for Linux users, bias for Apple users, bias for Google fanboys, bias for X-Box lovers, bias for Firefox, bias for many people of many spectrums.

Note that when, say, the broadband over power lines thing comes up, how many people in the amateur radio spectrum speak out; there aren't THAT many amateur radio people in the US, yet, they're here (granted their numbers may be larger here because of the geek aspect of the site). This illustrates, I think, that Slashdot covers the bases with anything technology related. (Sorry, couldn't think of a better "minority" example, but I'm sure one exists. Heh, bias for power over LAN? Not many people do that, yet we get one or two articles a month for it and get a lot of posts.)

Google bias? Sure. So what? Sometimes I hate the inconsistency of opinions here (compare the bias for P2P against the bias for iTunes, and you'll see what I mean), but I've come to accept that not all users are the same, and you're going to get different reactions for the different bias groups.

It is somewhat annoying that Google is adding features that Yahoo! has had in some form for awhile now, and indeed, we've known about this particular thing for a long time (it's not a "new" feature as the poster seems to suggest). But, Yahoo! doesn't implement it in their search feature, per-say. You have to dig a bit to access this information, whereas with Google you type in movie:yourmoviehere

Re:Nice to see BIAS for endless Google crap. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527703)

I could not agree more, as someone has pointed out, Yahoo has this feature as well, do they get a /. story? But Google does, twice in fact???

Its the same with many google services, ie Maps.

Give it a fucken rest, please.

Re:Nice to see BIAS for endless Google crap. (4, Insightful)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527808)

I still use Yahoo maps, but the difference is that Google's version is a lot less cluttered, less confusing and easier to use. In short, they are doing the same thing everyone else is doing, but better. The only reason I don't use Google maps is they didn't have direction finding last I checked.

Google is doing a lot of stuff that is already done by other companies, but with a better look, more sensible layout and overall better ease of use.

This is, afterall, my opinion, but it seems to be similar to those elsewhere in this forum.

I just hope that they continue to improve everything they've already established as well, and they don't overextend themselves.

Re:Nice to see BIAS for endless Google crap. (1)

orion88 (834423) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527798)

How do you rank if you had nothing to go on
How would any search engine work with nothing to go on? What would you search?

-Ben

Answers: (2, Interesting)

PotatoHead (12771) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527812)

1. Google is a totally great Linux / OSS / GPL success story. There is money to be made building great things for people to use on the OSS software stack.

2. I, for one am interested in new Google projects. Getting the most use out of an already very useful service is the powergeek thing to do. Heck, we are always talking about new things to do with hardware, software, etc... I don't see Google being any different.

2a. Where are the other cool projects coming from? MSN, Yahoo? (Well ok maybe the music thing, but we talked about that already.) Google is innovating in a big way, bringing lots of value to the net along for the ride. They have advanced the state of the art in web interfaces, scaleable file-systems, and search several times. Can't really say that about the others now can you?

3. Savvy? Are you sure you are reading the right site? The things that Google does are *hard*. --really hard. And they do it on OSS to boot! Remember #1, that is news for nerds and it is stuff that matters.

Re:Answers: (1)

carlivar (119811) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527852)

Where are the other cool projects coming from? MSN, Yahoo?

Yes, Yahoo. Let's see...

Creative Commons searches.
Better image searches.
Traffic overlays on maps.
The same exact movie results feature that's being reported here.
Better search API.

More, that's just off the top of my head.

Google SMS (4, Informative)

CyberDave (79582) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527546)

I know Google SMS [google.com] has the ability to retrieve movie showtimes for the current day in your area, though I haven't yet found a way to get future movie times (say, what opens tomorrow) through Google SMS (read: I've been too lazy to go read the help and find out).

I'm rather surprised that it sounds like Google SMS got something before the mainstream Google web did.

Still, very cool. I *heart* Google.

Inconsistent Behaviour (4, Informative)

osewa77 (603622) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527555)

Typing "Kicking and Screaming" indeed brings out the movie review link, but typing another movie (e.g. 'Closer') does not, unless you include the "movie:" operator (that is, search for "movie:Closer").

I wonder why this is so but, oh well, Google is all-wise!

Re:Inconsistent Behaviour (1)

Chiasmus_ (171285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527575)

I wonder why this is so but, oh well, Google is all-wise!

It appears that Google is only reporting movies that are currently playing in theaters.

If you're really that set on making sure they're giving proper respect to Natalie Portman, you might want to try this link. [google.com]

Re:Inconsistent Behaviour (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527781)

Or this [google.ca] .

We need an Ask Slashdot... (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527569)

Has anyone ever bought anything online because of an online (placed, pop-up, ad-sense, or otherwise "targeted") ad?

Sure, I have purchased lots of stuff online, but I can't say that any content sponsering ad has ever "grabbed" me. Of course, as far as I know, traditional media ads don't affect me either, but I understand research shows that they "work".

Is it the same with online ads - has the net fallen into being the same as traditional media, with the same statistical influence of ad copy on the masses?

Re:We need an Ask Slashdot... (1)

Chiasmus_ (171285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527603)

Of course, as far as I know, traditional media ads don't affect me either, but I understand research shows that they "work".

You know, I wouldn't say I respond directly to commercials; that is to say, I don't see an ad for Pizza Hut and reach for the phone.

But I will say this: if I'm on vacation, and I see a Pizza Hut sitting next to something called Big Antonio's Pizza... I'll probably pick door #1.

And that's probably the advertising at work.

Re:We need an Ask Slashdot... (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527779)

I downloaded the Puzzle Pirates demo, which lead directly to a $25 sale two days later, after seeing an ad for it on Penny Arcade. I also bought a Dell after seeing they were having a sale, but I had been planning to buy a Dell for a while and that just made my choice of weekend for the purchase.

New Competition (1)

fullcircleflight (883189) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527588)

Websites like MetaCritic and RottonTomatoes now have a new mega-competitor. I bet they aren't too happy with this news.

This is news? (4, Informative)

mavantix (16356) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527608)

Uh, the Google movie/local search has been working for months! Slashdot link from Feb 23rd here [slashdot.org] In fact, the IMDB link has been there from the start. It amazes me when some parent finds out about Google's "new" 3 month old feature, they think it's new, and news worthy to boot. Whoopty do, next headline: "New feature, Google aggregates data!!" No kidding? As usual, good ol' /. dupe checking works it's magic! :)

Not to dis Google or anything, but since when is every minuscule innovation on web based portals revolutionary? Endless "betas" and rapid cash burns to develop the next biggest thing is what turned the dot-com boom into a bust. Is Google next? Nah, there's no competition in the search engine market. Hehe.

Sure, people love Google, I love Google, but this stuff is something Yahoo has been doing for 10 years and people are atingle over it like its new technology!? Innovation only leads to more complex interfaces, and the simplicity of Google's very nature will only become bulkier and bloated the more of this "crap" they add. What, links to outside review services just weren't enough? Creature Feep if you ask me.

Good Timing (3, Insightful)

Fletch (6903) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527615)

It was just this afternoon that some co-workers and I were discussing how awful Slashdot has gotten about posting ad "stories" and dupes, and now here's another duplicate story.

I understand that some dupes slip through because certain topics can be hard to search for, but with the first Google movies story [slashdot.org] showing up as the topmost search result for "Google movies [slashdot.org] ," how is it even possible not to find that this story was already posted?

I had read Slashdot almost daily for years, and subscribed for months. These days, thanks to the drastic downtown in quality, I'm down to visiting just a few times a week, and haven't added to my subscription in a year.

Dupe! (1)

jacen_sunstrider (797955) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527771)

You know, I think the whole dupe thing has been duplicated far more many times than was needed. Therefore, I stricken your comment a dupe.

If I searched "Soul Plane" (1)

TheOtherAgentM (700696) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527625)

...would it come up with an apology too?

anyone with mod points (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527650)

Go mod John Carmacks latest post [slashdot.org] up... he posted it a week ago, but it never got up to +5. Let's help him keep his streak! [slashdot.org]

The Next Evil Empire. (0)

Kaenneth (82978) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527657)

Google is extending their virtual monopoly into another area once again; first they crushed Altavista, now they are targetting Fandango. They should not be allowed to embrace and extend into yet another market.

s/Google/Microsoft
s/Altavista/Novell
s/Fandan go/Netscape

The government needs to enact more tech industry laws to protect us consumers.

Think of the children!

Re:The Next Evil Empire. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527787)

>The government needs to enact more tech industry laws to protect us consumers. pssh. s/Google/Big_Brother/g

showtimes (1)

ph4s3 (634087) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527699)

For your google search, use: movie: ZIPCode and it comes up with show times in your area. Pretty nifty and hella quicker than navigating through the garbage on yahoo's movie site.

I know there's a lot of google love here at /., but I think they deserve it. They either come up with something first or they come to the party late but do it better than anyone else.

Re:showtimes (1)

carlivar (119811) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527862)

For your google search, use: movie: ZIPCode and it comes up with show times in your area. Pretty nifty and hella quicker than navigating through the garbage on yahoo's movie site.

The ignorance / anti-Yahoo bias here is astounding. Searching for "movie 91506" and such works on Yahoo as well. And if you don't want clutter, no problem [yahoo.com] .

Google does it again (1)

portwojc (201398) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527749)

That is just great. Moviefone doesn't list one theatre in my area. I always have to go to that movie threatre companies page to see it's listings.

So long AOL. Competition is a good thing.

Does it have movie prices? (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527765)

One feature I miss out on movie sites that have local listing times is comparative pricing. Everything else on the net has it, it seem, why not websites that accept theatre listings?

My Regal Cinema down the street dropped the matinee times from any movie starting before 5pm to 3pm and upped the price from 5.50 to 7.00 - the regular price from 8.00 to 9.25 while some theatres down the street (older) are down to 4.50 regular - I'd like to know these things w/o checking out every stupid theatre in the area.

Perhaps I'm just sour because I got suckered into seeing House of Wax for ~9 just recently.

Hey Mike... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12527782)

We have the same zipcode!

Eh? (2, Insightful)

teknokracy (660401) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527790)

I don't understand why some of these features don't make it to Google Canada as well. I know the US is the US, but Canada isnt that much different (same movie premieres, same movies, etc etc etc) So why not have a simple version of this on Google.ca, maybe it will link up with the TWO (yes, count them) movie chains in Canada and tell us the showtimes :D

If only... (1)

Tobril (202224) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527871)

If only my google had more moviephone.com, I might become a fully self-actualized person...
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