Get Movie Details from Nearly Anywhere in Mac OS X with a Tap
Now that you can get movie showtimes right from Spotlight in Mac OS X, did you know that you can also get movie details and showtimes from just about any webpage, document, or elsewhere that displays text just as well? Basically, if you can select and highlight the movie text with the cursor, you can instantly get details about the movie from anywhere on the Mac.
We’ll show you a few different examples of how this works, which actually uses a variation of the tap-to-define a word gesture trick that has been around on the Mac for a while.
In general, the movie lookup feature works like this: say you see a movie that is currently playing mentioned on a website (IMDB, for example), or perhaps you see a movie name in a document. In these situation, to see the showtimes and/or movie details for that movie, just do the following:
- Select the movie name with the mouse cursor, then use a three-finger tap with the Trackpad to bring up the movie information
- OR: If you don’t have a trackpad, right-click on the selected movie name and choose “Look up
in Dictionary” (yes, ignore the dictionary part, the movie lookup is part of that feature)
If the movie name you are highlighting is also a word (which many are), just click the “Movie” or “Now Playing” option on the bottom of the pop-up to see the movie details rather than a dictionary definition or wikipedia entry.
This works in web browsers, documents, and just about anywhere else, and it works the same for movies that currently in theaters, movies that are coming soon, and older movies that are available to rent or stream.
If the movie is currently in a theater, you’ll see showtimes, the rating, runtime, genre, and a plot summary, much like you can access through Spotlight movie lookup.
If the movie has already been released, you’ll see when it was released, the genre, ratings, plot summary, and shortcuts to watch trailers.
This requires the Mac to be updated to a modern version of OS X, so if you’re running anything prior to 10.10 you won’t have this feature available to you.
Heads up to Lifehacker for noticing this nifty feature.