I’ve come to value the information available via the Internet much more than the limited information in my local newspaper. Although I still subscribe to the daily newspaper, I can find information about everything except local, current events more easily via the Internet.
One of my favorite uses is to check what is coming at the movies — and check the reviews to make sure it’s worth spending my money. After all, by the time I buy two adult tickets, soft drinks and popcorn, the total is almost $40.
Rotten Tomatoes.com is my movie site of choice. I pick a current movie and set my zip code to find locations and times near me. Or, I can pick a movie and see review excerpts from 20-40 reviews — complete with “Rotten” or “Fresh” ratings, including a composite rating from all the reviewers.
Sometimes, I’ve gone anyway…and been disappointed in the movie. Other times, I’ve waited until it came out on DVD and either bought or rented it…and been disappointed.
On the other hand, I’ve also read reviews and still gone to see the movie — and enjoyed it. The Last Mimzy is one of the latter category. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 55% rating, with a composite “Rotten” status. Both my wife and I enjoyed the movie. It goes on my “DVDs to be purchased” list, too.
The neatest thing about Rotten Tomatoes is that so meany reviews are excerpted there, with links to the original reviews, as well as having schedule information, too.
The reviews at RottenTomatoes.com include older movies, too. If you’re thinking about watching an old movie on television, check it out at RottenTomatoes.com. You’ll probably find it reviewed there.