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Five film websites to keep you in the loop
October 20, 2011 | By:

The top websites to find out which new films are coming up, who's making them, who's in them and what other people think of them. Selected by Michael Prodger

Culture_Five best film websitesHollywood releases more than two films a day and it seems as if there are even more websites to track them. So how do you separate the Oscar possibles from the straight-to-DVDs? We’ve chosen the websites that can help make sure your popcorn doesn’t leave a nasty taste in the mouth.

IMDb

The Internet Movie Database is the mother lode of film on the web. Contains date-by-date listings of new releases with full cast and production crew lists and trailers. There’s a comments section, too. No need to see the films, really. Visit IMDb

Rotten Tomatoes

A useful one-hit site with a brilliantly puerile premise: which new film makes you want to lob tomatoes at them and which keep your tomatoes fresh, as it were? Clear listings mean you can make your mind up in seconds. Visit Rotten Tomatoes

FirstShowing

For cinéastes for whom the film itself is just a starting point. This contains not only what’s coming up but associated trailers, interviews with directors and actors, and news of films in development and who is being cast. Movies from cradle to screen. Visit FirstShowing

Metacritic

This site gathers together American critics’ reviews and comes up with an average score. One for you if you would rather take your film guidance from professional critics (Variety, Salon, Washington Post) than from enthusiasts in their bedrooms (though it adds them in too). Visit Metacritic.

Empire Online

The web version of the pre-eminent film magazine. A reliable one-stop shop for reviews, listings, trailers and some more lively fare, such as quizzes and special features (e.g. what are the 100 best British films ever?). Ideal for general browsing. Visit Empire Online.