The weekend is a great time to hit the theater, especially if it’s cold and rainy out. Siri has been updated in iOS 6 to provide a wealth of information on movies, including local showtimes, movie reviews, and even specific information about movies themselves, like actors, directors, and ratings. There’s a ton of stuff that Siri can help you find. But how do you know what kinds of questions are even possible? Well, you can start here with the following types of questions.
First up, let’s ask some basic types of questions about movies playing locally. If you ask, “What movies get released this week?” you will get a list of the new releases for the week you ask. Siri answered me with the awkward phrase, “I found a few movies coming out last Monday to Sunday,” but the info was good, showing me Won’t Back Down, Looper, and Hotel Transylvania, among others.
If you’re looking for a specific type of movie, try adding that to your search. “What Disney movies are out in theaters?” gave me The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Brave, John Carter, and The Muppets. Then I asked, “Find science fiction movies.” Siri replied, “Here’s the sci-fi movie ‘Looper’ coming out this week,” showing that it not only knows that science fiction means sci-fi, but that she limited the results to movies in that genre coming out this week.
You can also ask Siri about movies in general. Try “Who directed 2001: A Space Oddysey?” Siri correctly returned that it was directed by Stanley Kubrick, but she pronounced the late director’s name, Cub-rick,” which I suppose is ok. Try, “Who starred in the Big Lebowski?” Siri will tell you that it stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore. Yay, Siri!
The options continue, with the ability to ask Siri to find theaters near your home or work, provided you have the work and home fileds set up in your Contact entry. You can ask to see reviews, with a simple, “Show me reviews for Looper.” Turns out the movie has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I may have to go see that one, now. You can even ask about film history: “What was Best Picture in 2011?” let me know that The King’s Speech won the Oscar last year.
- Via TUAW