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Hey, it's Rob here, just dropping in to point out our newest poll question. The other day, since we have help in town for the baby, my wife and I wanted to get out to a matinee. Watson was my old tool of choice to see what was playing locally, but it's long since stopped working (come on, Sun, ever gonna release what you paid for?).

So for the first time in ages, I fired up Sherlock. And it worked (sorta), but it got me to wondering if anyone else actually uses Sherlock regularly. It seems to me it's been basically ignored for a couple years now, and many of its channels are broken.

And a related question...with Watson broken and Sherlock semi-functional, what tool do you use for finding movie info in your local area? The paper? Some website?

-rob.
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Authored by: wgscott on May 01, '06 11:08:10AM

I have 3 kids. So the only entertainment I have is your website.

I haven't tried Sherlock in years. Google sort of made it obsolete. If I were ever to become social again, I would try that.



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Authored by: ariburgess on May 01, '06 01:34:39PM

I use sherlock, when it works. I hate all the websites, takes too long to sort, scroll etc... I also still use sherlock for ebay stuff.



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Authored by: benjaminooo on May 01, '06 11:08:48AM

i use yahoo or the radmovietimes widget



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Authored by: einsteinium on May 01, '06 11:10:08AM

if you know what you want to see, a simple google search will do the trick. Simply type: "movie name, zip code" and a list of nearby theaters and showtimes is returned.



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Re: Google for movies
Authored by: yostinso on May 01, '06 11:18:49AM

Likewise, the first link returned when Googling for "movies, 01609" is a link to Google's list of all movies currently playing in your area, which includes links to the IMDB entry, showtimes, and some links to reviews.



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Authored by: Baby Bloc on May 01, '06 05:35:33PM

I never heard of this Google tip, works for Canada too: "Movies V6A 1G2" gives me a link to Vancouver BC movie times, neat.

I also use this Canadian site which lets you customize which theatres to check. http://www.cinemaclock.com

I have twin four-year olds and we've been to a couple of theatres. Can I just say that we don't go to the movies much because they play the volume so loud that my kids start crying and covering their ears? I never had to wear ear-plugs to the movies when I was a kid. I HATE the local IMAX theatre for this and will never go back there again. I prepared the girls so they wouldn't be scared of the giant sharks, then the the opening credits' volume drove us from the theatre. I don't think the girls care, it was all good time spent together, but I wanted to see the movie!

Back to the library for free DVD's.... Take my money elsewhere.



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Authored by: nanotechmama on May 01, '06 11:12:01AM

I live in LA, so I go to laweekly.com or pick up the rag and check out their film section, as it's thorough. I do the same thing in whatever city I'm in, always going to the weekly alternative paper.



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Authored by: miriedel on May 01, '06 11:13:25AM

I use the fandango website



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Authored by: mpanighetti on May 01, '06 11:14:01AM
The Dashboard widget RADMovieTimes is about as straightforward as it gets when it comes to looking up local movie times. Just enter your ZIP code on the back, then find what you need either by theater or by movie title. As they say, it just works.

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Authored by: nickvisic on May 01, '06 11:15:25AM

i LOVED watson. had a great address book look up as well. i used sherlock recently and i was somewhat pleased. what i missed about watson and sherlock is the ability to view the trailers. i noticed it's broke. oh well. i really wish sun would just return watson to the original designer.



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Authored by: ehemmete on May 01, '06 11:15:39AM

Hollywood.com works well for me, although I didn't know about the Google method... probably use that in the future.



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Authored by: schaps on May 01, '06 11:19:02AM

There are tons of websites for this:
http://imdb.com/showtimes/
http://movies.go.com/
http://www.hollywood.com/

Plus, I'll bet there is a widget or two for Dashboard that locates movies.

Good luck-- (Dad of a one-year old, so I know).

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Authored by: schaps on May 01, '06 11:22:34AM

oops, thought I was the first poster-- did not refresh the page from original loading a few hours ago.



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Authored by: applecompsrule on May 01, '06 11:19:51AM
I use a Dashboard widget called BoxOffice that lets you enter your zipcode and then shows you the top ten movies. Next to each movie it gives you a showtimes link that will take you to a page (either IMDb or yahoo for the US) with the local theaters' showtimes.

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Authored by: osxpounder on May 01, '06 11:23:33AM

So far, I've used a bookmark to moviefone.com, and let the website save my ZIP code [to a cookie, I guess?]. My first click on that bookmark gives me the list of what's playing at the closest theaters.

But I see lots of good ideas here and might try another website or two named here.

I haven't relied on Sherlock to find movies for me for years, and never used Watson.

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Authored by: allanmarcus on May 01, '06 11:28:14AM

First off, I don't see movies in theaters anymore. I use NetFlix. I got a decent surround sound system just with money saved on two years not seeing most stuff in theaters (some stuff, like Star Wars you gatta see on the big screen :-)

Second, if you have a new baby and you have someone to watch the baby, don't see a movie! Take the wife to a nice dinner and get a hotel room :-) Much better use of the money. Just remember that breast feeding isn't birth control!

have fun! :-)



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Authored by: jctull on May 01, '06 12:48:26PM

Well, if your wife just had the baby, the hotel room is only good for the quality night of sleep you may get. Not sure if you were implying anything else or not...



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Authored by: greenergrad on May 01, '06 11:50:02AM

Enter "movies YOURZIPCODE" into the Google search field of your browser of choice.

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Authored by: Coumerelli on May 01, '06 12:00:59PM

my wife (of 7 years) - she always knows what 'we' want to see. lol. *waiting for X:3*

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Authored by: gabester on May 01, '06 12:38:17PM

Don't do it! My wife and I went out on our first break from our newborn last month; left baby with grandma at 5:30, finished dinner and a movie and were home by 8:30. Baby slept the whole time we were gone, woke up 5 minutes after grandma left, and (mostly) stayed up until 7 am the next day... crying, fussing, awake, hungry, poopy... we'll never leave the house again!

Netflix is our salvation... Otherwise, when we used to see movies, I'd use fandango. You gotta hand it to paper-bag handpuppets.
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Authored by: solipsism on May 01, '06 12:59:30PM

IMDb (if you are logged in) shows you the movie times for your area when you view a film. That seems to be my more preferred method these days if I know what film I wish to see.

If I am just looking to kill a couple hours a theater and open to suggestions then Yahoo Movies is still my efault choice.



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Authored by: Anonymous on May 01, '06 01:21:35PM

Like several others here, I find it easy to use IMDB for showtimes. It's a rare thing for us to go out to the theater to see a movie seeing as how the bonus room has a 96" screen and an HDTV projector with 7.1 surround sound. Now I just need a popcorn machine and I'll be set!



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AIM buddy moviefone
Authored by: gfoyle on May 01, '06 01:22:27PM

I used to use my AIM buddy, moviefone. Super easy. If your cell has AIM, it works there, too.

But the google search seems to be even easier, what with everything showing up on one web page and all.



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Authored by: chutem on May 01, '06 01:23:03PM

I use the Dasboard widget Marquee. I use Fandango and Movies.com to purchase tix so I don't have to stand in line.



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Authored by: bakalite on May 01, '06 01:40:35PM

It's easy and it works really well.

However, some alternative theaters aren't in there, so if I wanted to go see something, instead of looking something up for my teenage daughter, then I'd prolly use google. This however, isn't a problem. Yesterday, I saw my second movie (in a movie theatre) since my son was born. He's three and a half.

While we were in there, I was waffling about some overpriced snacks (4 bucks for a candy bar?) Afterwards I realized that's it's only a dollar every six months, so I guess that's ok ;-)

Oh, and BTW, we saw "Friends with Money", which is not a bad movie at all, and if you are coming off the stress of a birth and all that, it's probably not a bad low key movie to check out, although it's not something you need to see on a big screen. Enjoy the kid.



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Authored by: mcarland on May 01, '06 01:45:42PM
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Authored by: designr on May 01, '06 01:55:21PM

http://www.movietickets.com

Costs a buck a ticket more to order online... NO REFUNDS! which s*cks

Same deal with Fandango -- which I just noticed had an ad flashing away in your "From our Sponsor..." box to the left of the screen >>>>>>



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Authored by: bluehz on May 01, '06 02:31:19PM

I was always a big fan of Watson also - and movies were one of the main things I used it for. Nice and clean. I have since succumbed to using Fandango or MovieFone, not because I want to - but because Watson is broken.



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Authored by: roy whelden on May 01, '06 02:46:52PM

I seem to be one of the few who regularly uses Sherlock. To me, it seems much peppier than any of the movie widgets I've tried. And it's always been a stable application.



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Authored by: schlepping on May 01, '06 04:23:48PM

I recently fired up Sherlock again for movies and adding additional channels that were out there. I wish more channels were supported, but for movies it's great. You even get to see the movie trailer.




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Authored by: ventifact on May 01, '06 05:06:04PM
Add my vote for RADMovieTimes. Just give that widget a ZIP Code and a refreshing COMMAND+R and it's off to tinsel town.

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Authored by: murph on May 01, '06 05:07:11PM

Count me as one who misses Sherlock, at least in it's full glory, not the semi-functional state that its in now as of Tiger.

I always thought Sherlock (and Watson) were great in that it could customize the web, so to speak, for info that ordinarily might require the user to visit several websites to accomplish the given purpose. The Movie channel was a good example in that it gave you a well executed easy-to-understand UI for showtimes, additional movie and theater info, and a preview of the movie. All in one window, in one shot. The now departed phone book channel was another one that gave you everything (map, driving directions, and results based on the closest to your actual address - if you had a address card for yourself set up in Apple's address book) all in a single window. Widgets, by and large don't offer that kind of functionality, and they will generally send you to your browser for info that could have been included in Sherlock's single window approach.

It would have been nice to see Apple build on Sherlock and take it to the next level by incorporating say, Spotlight technologies or Google maps to further enhance it's abilities. Widgets are great, but they are pretty much one trick ponies so far. In that regard, Sherlock was a quite a powerful tool, with as much potential as the web itself and more. Sad to see it just wither away, chanel by chanel, frozen in it's version 3 state, because there just isn't anything else out there quite like it out there that I know of.



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Authored by: wwelsh39 on May 01, '06 05:21:54PM

Haven't used Sherlock or Watson for years.

I get my local theaters movies and times from "My Yahoo". I can also check movies and times in the on-line version of our local newspaper. Additionally, I can check Cinemark & Regal theaters and the only other local theater directly from their websites.Check Rotten Tomatoes http://www.rottentomatoes.com/ for a very large collection of reviews. MetaCritic http://www.metacritic.com/ also provides a similar service.

Good luck!



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Authored by: TigerKR on May 01, '06 09:44:25PM

Please excuse this comment if its off topic, but I can't understand why you and your wife want to go out and see a manitee.

Seriously, I had to read that word about 5 times to realize that you wanted to see a movie "matinee" and not an aquatic mammal "manatee". : - )

I'm not sure if this is a reflection on the movie industry, but I really don't go to movies anymore.

But to finally answer your pole question, I have used fandango.com .

Congratulations on your family's extensions.



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Authored by: mcbeewl on May 02, '06 06:13:32AM

Thanks for the laugh this morning. I'm not sure why but your Manatee comment had me dieing laughing. Maybe it's the fatigue, I'm a new Dad as well.



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Authored by: Lectrick on May 03, '06 05:52:07AM

I had to read that "pole" word about 5 times before I realized you meant "poll" =P =P =P lol

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Dial Up... So never.
Authored by: JoelAnderson on May 01, '06 10:03:06PM

With a slow internet connection Sherlock is useless. Even when I'm on a faster connection the channels have always been terribly slow. Many of the uses of Sherlock have been replaced by the dashboard. As far as current movies, I use a javascript bookmark to imdb. But, I would like to put together a clean, small, fast widget.



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Authored by: psandiford on May 02, '06 02:52:26AM

For movies I use a Showtimes widget, sometimes Google or Yahoo.



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Authored by: adrianm on May 02, '06 03:22:26AM

Not living in the US of A, I never found Sherlock or anything like that useful.

My local cinema has a website and even (shock!) a phone number.

Cinemas here (in the UK) tend to charge a premium for pre-booking with a credit card, so if there's something on, I'll just wander down there and queue (= stand in line).

But I'm with another respondant here; I tend to watch movies at home. Beer is better, seating is better and there aren't hundreds of other people talking/giggling/screeming etc to put you off.



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Drive by research
Authored by: rgray on May 02, '06 05:58:25AM

Round here there is only one theatre (2 screens, dontcha know) within 50 miles. I drive by when doing groceries.... ;-}



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Authored by: mpress25 on May 02, '06 07:00:42AM

I miss Sherlock a whole bunch. In fact, wouldn't a Sherlock widget be neat!

For now, I use RADmovietimes widget. Much easier than hitting up a website. Marquee widget is okay, but not nearly as "simple".



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Authored by: fitzage on May 02, '06 07:15:29AM

I periodically use Sherlock for the Movies channel. That's it. Watson had so many other tools that were useful to me, but not Sherlock. It's a pity Apple had to kill Watson and then just let Sherlock die. I haven't found a Dashboard or Yahoo widget that is good enough to replace the Movies channel (or TV Listings for that matter. Watson did those well.)



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Authored by: Old Toad on May 02, '06 09:10:54AM

Yahoo for movies and TV schedule. It's part of my home page setup with Yahoo.



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Authored by: barr104 on May 02, '06 12:04:05PM

I just open up safari and type "movies 32792" into the google search bar and then I click showtimes. Very easy, in traditional google style.



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Authored by: MtnBiker on May 02, '06 04:27:50PM

I liked Watson/Sherlock (not sure which was which), but I'd use it for movies, addresses, and eBay searches. Widgets don't cut it for me. Slow to load and can't interact with the rest of the applications. I may switch to something else and all the Widgets have to reload. I tried Amnesty and it seemed to have problems. Widgets don't seem Mac like to me. I tried some that were supposed to interact with the Finder and that was awkwark. Maybe someday I'll get it.

I liked the collection of small "apps" and some of those are put into System Preferences, but the things Watson/Sherlock did don't belong there. There was something similar in OS 9.

Bring back the collection of small apps to look things up.

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Authored by: carla216 on May 22, '06 09:37:02AM

I wish more channels were available. Anyone know of a good source?



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