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Have you ever heard someone online or in real life talk about a movie and think it sounds like something you should check out, and then, months later you realize you completely forgot about it? CineTrak might be able to help you avoid that. It's a movie watchlist tracker and info browser that pulls in data from various sources and syncs to the Trakt.tv service.
The app is done in Google's material design from top to bottom. The main interface is the "Discover" page. At the top are a series of tabs that show movies based on criteria like trending, popular, most watches, and box office. You can use the app without Trakt.tv login, but your lists and watch stats won't be available on other devices. You can switch to upcoming, my lists, or my collection in the navigation menu.
Whenever you come across a movie, you can add it to your watch list by tapping the floating action button. That same button then becomes a "check-in" button. You can tap that indicate that you're watching the movie, and share that activity with the app of your choice. When it's over, tap again and the movie goes into your previously watched list. To undo all of that, tap one more time and the movie is removed.
The info page for each film includes the sort of data you'd get on something like IMDB, but I find the interface much more pleasant. It has ratings aggregated from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, Metacritic, and Trakt.tv. There's also a cast list and a trailer.
The bookmark icon at the top of the info page lets you add a film to your library. It seems like this should get a more prominent button as it's one of the main features of the app. When adding, you get to pick the format, resolution, and date of acquisition. Then, you can scroll through the collection page to see all your stuff.
CineTrak is free to use, and you don't have to sign into Trakt.tv if you don't want. However, there are a few ads in the app by default. A $2.99 in-app purchase will remove them and add staff picks and additional curated lists.