Two of the biggest names in internet moviedom, Rotten Tomatoes and Netflix, combine to make the Movies by Flixster app a cinephile’s essential.

You can browse and search the current crop of multiplex fodder, comparing the ratings of grumpy critics with those from gushing fans, watch trailers, read plot synopses and find show times near you (a few cinemas even let you book tickets online through the app).

Add your own tuppence-worth by rating films using Facebook Connect, although there isn’t yet Twitter built in.

A Cinema tab lets you browse your local fleapits for a week ahead, including maps and contact details, and there’s even Yelp integration for planning a big night out. Upcoming movies get a similar treatment, although the Actors link is pretty useless without search.

The DVD tab shows the top new releases, with links to purchase on iTunes or queue in Netflix (the US rental company finally coming to the UK next year).

If you want more in the way of trivia and breaking movie news, head over to the IMDB app (free). However, it’s weaker on reviews and, despite being owned by Amazon, you still can’t buy DVDs or Blu-rays through the app.

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Movies by Flixster review

Every cinema lover should forego the popcorn queue to download this essential cinephile app