Google Improves Mobile Movie Search

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Stranded in the middle of a do-nothing town, armed only with a mobile phone? Google has s

treamlined its movie search function on your iPhone, Palm WebOS, or Android-powered device to make on-the-fly searching for movies easier.

When you search for "movies" on your mobile browser, you can click on "more movies" and an updated interface appears, lending you a film's synopsis, trailer, and local venues to check it out. You can also review ratings, list films by category, and ogle hot vampires on movie posters.

Searching by theater gives you the option of asking Google to find a flick nearest you, or reviewing a theater's listings to see what works with your schedule. Since the improved movie search is integrated with Google Maps, Google will help you get directions to the nearest bucket of popcorn.

The new search results are available in the U.S., U.K,, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Or, if you have an iPhone and want the same functionality outside of Safari, hit up the excellent (and free) Now Playing app.

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