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10 Mobile Apps for Film Buffs

Movie Vault

Cost: $1.99

Devices: Android, iPhone and iPad

Anyone can stream familiar and widely published movies to their mobile device, but true film fanatics revel in the frisson of unearthing buried treasure -- films mentioned in passing in the dusty almanacs of filmdom, or buried in databases and catalogs, but that never grace the inventory of video stores and services. Now there's an app that lets you view these footnote films, a conduit to the rarae aves of flicks.

The interface is charming: Wooden shelves, lined with authentic box art provided by IMDb, invite you to stream classics (and not-so-classics) starring John Wayne, Lon Chaney, Vincent Price, Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, James Cagney, Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland. Alfred Hitchcock, Buster Keaton, Orson Welles, Roger Corman and George Romero number among the available directors. You can browse movies by genre or search by actor, director, keyword or title.

Like any good app, Movie Vault works on your schedule. You can set movies aside in a queue for later viewing or pause the one you're watching as needed. Best of all, the entire library occupies the public domain, meaning you'll pay no additional charges for the content itself.

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