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In the digital age, finding movie showtimes and theaters has never been easier. Gone are the days of flipping through newspapers or making phone calls to inquire about screening schedules. With the advent of online platforms, movie enthusiasts can now conveniently access all the information they need with just a few clicks. In this article, we will explore how you can use these platforms to check movie showtimes and theaters.

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Online platforms have revolutionized the way we access information, and checking movie showtimes and theaters is no exception. These platforms provide a one-stop-shop for all your cinema needs, allowing you to effortlessly browse through multiple options without leaving the comfort of your home. With mobile apps available for most platforms, you can even access this information on the go.

One major advantage of using online platforms is their real-time updates. Traditional methods often provide outdated showtime information that may lead to disappointment when you arrive at the theater only to find that your chosen movie has already started or has been canceled. With online platforms, you can rest assured that you have accurate and up-to-date information at your fingertips.

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Fandango: Fandango is one of the most widely used online platforms for checking movie showtimes and purchasing tickets. It offers detailed listings of movies playing in various theaters along with their respective showtimes. Additionally, Fandango provides user reviews and ratings, making it easier for you to decide which movie to watch.

IMDb: Known primarily as a database for movies and TV shows, IMDb also offers a feature that allows users to check local showtimes based on their location preferences. This platform provides information about theaters, showtimes, and even ticket availability.

Google Movies: Google Movies is another popular option for checking movie showtimes and theaters. By simply typing the name of the movie or your location into the search bar, you can quickly access a list of nearby theaters and their showtime schedules.

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Reviews and Ratings: Many online platforms incorporate user reviews and ratings for movies, allowing you to get a sense of public opinion before making your decision. This feature can be helpful in choosing between multiple movies or deciding whether to watch a particular film.

Trailers and Synopsis: Online platforms often provide trailers, synopses, and cast information for movies, helping you make an informed choice about which films to watch. By watching trailers or reading synopses, you can get a preview of the movie’s storyline and decide if it aligns with your preferences.

Checking movie showtimes and theaters has become incredibly convenient thanks to online platforms. With real-time updates, comprehensive databases, user reviews, seat selection options, as well as trailers and synopses at your disposal, these platforms offer everything you need to plan an enjoyable trip to the cinema. Whether it’s Fandango, IMDb, Google Movies or any other platform of your choice—using these resources will ensure that you never miss out on the latest releases or favorite classics playing at a theater near you.

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The Black Phone

2021, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 42m

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The Black Phone might have been even more frightening, but it remains an entertaining, well-acted adaptation of scarily good source material. Read critic reviews

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With a terrific villain and a twisty story stacked with edge-of-your-seat thrills, The Black Phone is a must-watch for fans of suspenseful horror. Read audience reviews

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Finney, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer's previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn't happen to Finney.

Rating: R (Language|Bloody Images|Some Drug Use|Violence)

Genre: Horror, Mystery & thriller

Original Language: English

Director: Scott Derrickson

Producer: Jason Blum , Scott Derrickson , C. Robert Cargill

Writer: Scott Derrickson , C. Robert Cargill , C. Robert Cargill

Release Date (Theaters): Jun 24, 2022  wide

Box Office (Gross USA): $89.9M

Runtime: 1h 42m

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Production Co: Blumhouse Productions, Crooked Highway

Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

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Ethan Hawke

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Madeleine McGraw

Jeremy Davies

James Ransone

E. Roger Mitchell

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J. Gaven Wilde

Robert Fortunato

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This is the movie that director Scott Derrickson made after departing Marvel over "creative differences" with the Doctor Strange sequel, differences I feel like I can agree with. Based upon Joe Hill's short story, The Black Phone is a return to Derrickson's horror roots, along with regular screenwriting collaborator C. Robert Cargill, and you can feel the director's reflexes resetting. It's like three movies in one, not all of them needed or entirely coherent. It's about generational trauma and abuse, a survival thriller about escaping a psychotic serial killer, and a little kid trying to hone her nascent psychic powers. The stuff with Ethan Hawke as "The Grabber," a kidnapper of children who imprisons them in a locked basement dwelling with a broken black phone attached to the wall, is great, and Hawke is fascinating and unsettling. Each mask he wears seems to come with a slightly different persona attached, so with each appearance we get another sliver of who this disturbed man may have been. The story of survival is made even more intriguing when our protagonist, young Finney (Mason Thames), learns that the past victims can communicate with him through the mysterious black phone. The scene-to-scene learning and plotting is fun and efficient and requires Finney to be a little bit of a detective, exploring his dank surroundings and the failed escape attempts of the other kids to utilize for his own hopeful plan. The ghost kids also have limited memory of their experiences, which is smart so that he isn't given a clear advantage without limitations. The parts that drag are where Finney's little sister tries to convince the skeptical police officials that her dreams are real and can help find her missing brother. There is one hilarious moment where she prays to Jesus for guidance and then profanely expresses her disappointment, but otherwise it feels like a Stephen King stereotype leftover (Hill is the his son; apple meet tree) that doesn't amount to much besides padding the running time. It doesn't even lead to big breakthroughs for Finney to be rescued. As a small-scale creepy contained thriller, The Black Phone is an engaging survival story with a supernatural twist that works as well as it does. It doesn't have much more depth or meaningful characterization, it's really just about a kid using the power of neighborhood ghosts to escape a crazy man, and that's enough at least for a passably entertaining 100 minutes. Nate's Grade: B

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I love when a great, independent thriller comes along and surprises me. Upon hearing that Ethan Hawke would be portraying a character who abducts young boys, I was turned off, because he never plays roles like this. I also know him to be a stellar performer regardless though, so I was all in no matter what. I'm glad I could excite myself enough to see this one in theatres because I think it was well-done all around. If you're a fan of thrillers in any way, here's why I think you should check out The Black Phone.  In a small town, young boys begin to go missing, with the only similarity between every abduction being that black balloons are always found at the crime scene. The man responsible for these kidnappings is known all over town as "The Grabber". The main focus of the film is on Finney (Mason Thames) and his sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw). Being bullied at school and having an abusive father has made Finney very strong-minded. He is the next in line to be kidnapped as well. Captured and brought into an underground cellar, he must figure a way out.  I haven't seen Mason Thames in anything before, but for being a relatively new young actor, I think his work here was terrific. On top of that, Ethan Hawke gives a very creepy performance, which makes for some very tense scenes of dialogue between the two of them. The title of the film obviously implies that there will be a phone at some point throughout this film and the meaning behind the phone is what sold the movie to me. How it plays into everything happening was terrific. It kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat.  Overall, if I had to complain about something, it wouldn't be about any filmmaking aspects or storylines because everything is very solid here. Where I feel the film almost hurt itself is in the final two minutes, right before the credits rolled. Without giving anything away, I just don't feel that the final scene fit the tone of the rest of the film at all. It was a little silly, to be honest. I was able to look past it, but I found it to be a very bizarre choice. From the score to the performances, or the thrills to the downright unnerving sensibilities of "The Grabber", this film is simply great all around. It's simple, quaint, and yet very effective. The Black Phone is now playing in theatres, and for fans of this genre, I highly recommend it.

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Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson adapt a script based on Joe Hill’s sory, The Black Phone. Ethan Hawke stars as a child killer whose latest abductee is receiving calls from dead victims.

The Black Phone

Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson adapted a script based on Joe Hill’s The Black Phone. After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer's previous victims.

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Here’s one of those supernatural thrillers that would actually be better off without the supernatural elements.

Derrickson has succeeded in making a film that is definitely worth any horror fan's time. Is it a new classic? No, but by hell, it is one fun ride.

The Black Phone carries a horror premise with a supernatural touch full of potential, but it plays too safe by betting on a narrative that's too simple, predictable, and repetitive.

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Ethan Hawke attempts to scare in a straightforward serial killer nightmare that is about as satisfying as a one-minute payphone call.

Derrickson is comfortable navigating dark and demented worlds, so it's frustrating when "The Black Phone" doesn't come together in a successful way.

Derrickson prioritizes jump-scares and sustaining a disquieting mood over the lives of these kids. He loses himself in the technique when the real nightmare is staring him right in the face.

These additions significantly alter the tone of the original story for better or worse depending on what kind of horror movie you’re looking for.

It’s a B-movie abduction flick centered in the 80s that values simplicity over complexity. And ultimately, The Black Phone is a theatrical experience that is sure to get your blood pumping.

Scott Derrickson's return to his horror sandbox, The Black Phone, is a fantastic vintage horror film that utilizes sound against its audience.

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  • Genre : Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date : June 24, 2022
  • Languages : English, Spanish
  • Captions : English, Spanish
  • Audio Format : 5.1

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