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Receive reminders, watch trailers with Movie Cron

Don’t miss another premiere. Sign up with Movie Cron to get reminded by text or e-mail before the next must-see movie hits theaters.

Ah, I remember going to the movies. I recall those years fondly, before I had kids and an HDTV and a Whirley Pop.

If, unlike me, you go to a theater to consume movies and popcorn, you might want to check outMovie Cron. At this site, you can watch trailers and should you provide an e-mail and create an account, you can have the site e-mail or text you reminders for movie premieres. The site needs a little work, but the important tool of transmitting reminders does work.

The site lets you browse by Top Movies (for the week, month, year, or from the beginning of time) or Upcoming Movies, but both feature many of the same titles. And there are many movies on the Upcoming Movies list that have already been released. Meanwhile, browsing by Genre will get you sorely outdated lists. Obviously, some work needs to be done to the way the site catalogs movies. Stick to the Upcoming Movies list is my suggestion.

For most titles, you’ll find a blue Watch Trailer button, which pops up a small video player. For all titles, whether or not the premiere has come and gone, you’ll find a green Add Notification button. It pops up a form you can fill out to receive an e-mail or text reminder. You can set reminders to arrive the day of the film’s release, two days before, a week before, a month before, or you can set a custom date. You can also set the time of delivery and have a link to Fandango included.

You will need to edit the text of the message; for each title, it includes the line, “The movie X is going to be released in 1 week. This message sent from Movie Cron.” This text does not change, no matter the title or your scheduled timing of the reminder. Thus, you will need to enter a movie title and how soon it will be released after you receive the notification for the reminder to have any utility. After filling out the form, scroll down and click the blue Create Notification button.

You can view all of your reminders via a link at the top of the site. The list showed the right date of delivery but the wrong time for each of my reminders. In my brief testing, however, I received e-mail and text notifications roughly as I had scheduled them.

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