Welcome To The New Movieline − Tell Us What You Think

Over the last two weeks, you may have noticed some big changes in the look and functionality of Movieline.  In addition to a sweet new logo, we've redesigned the home page to give you easier accessibility to a greater array of stories. Top Stories and Hot Topics in the film world and popular culture are now just a click away on the home page, as are the week's Big Films, the latest trailers and major cinema milestones such as the 50th anniversary of James Bond and the vibrant debate over the plot and symbolism of Prometheus.


These are just a few of the improvements, new features and surprises that we have planned in the coming months as part of our commitment to you, our savvy, witty and outspoken readership. On behalf of Movieline's Executive Editor Jen Yamato and Managing Editor Brian Brooks, I invite you to give us your feedback.

In the comments section below, please tell us what you like and don't like about the changes we've made and how we can make your Movieline experience a better one.  We're listening.

Sincerely,

Frank DiGiacomo
Editorial Director

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Comments

  • Chris says:

    I like the fact that you're trying to make it easier to access a wider range of stories, but to me the old format was simpler, cleaner and easier. I used to visit a few times a day to check out new articles, now I look once a day and go elsewhere. Also, more Jen Yamato, her articles are always enjoyable :)

  • Sam says:

    I was honestly really satisfied with the old layout. The new logo is sweet. The new layout isn't terrible, but it's really busy, and I find it harder to sort through the daily news. Metacritic.com pulled the same stuff a few years back and I rarely use that now. I prefer simple and functional to hip and convoluted.

    • I second that emotion. A little too busy and compact for my tastes. And I don't like the finite number of articles per page, if I miss things throughout the day (as I have a jobby job now that limits my interweb time), I gotta keep clicking and I get confused. I'm old.

      But, I still like all your content and you guys in general, so please don't take it as a personal affront.

      And I second more Yamato!

      • Jen Yamato says:

        I hear you. Takes some getting used to vs. the old format. Especially noting your comment about the article browsing. Also: Belated congrats on the job! We miss you.

  • Brian says:

    Hate it. Busy, unreadable. Old format so much better.

  • Baco Noir says:

    Too bad you thought it necessary "to "release" your only critic with a real critical voice. Movieline is a ghost of its former self without Stephanie Zacharek. Oh, and yeah, the look is busy and confusing.

  • Dimo says:

    I like the new logo, but I agree with the rest of the comments. Not being able to go back to older posts is a drag. If it wasn't for twitter, I'd feel like I might have missed something. I may not comment like I used to, but I still read just as much as before.

    • Frank DiGiacomo says:

      Thank you for the feedback everyone. Accessing old posts appears to be a common beef here. Would it help if, for example, we put a drop-down tab at the top of the page that would list links to older stories?

      • wildeyed says:

        Well it would be something, at least, but if the links are curated, culled and edited I'd still be missing stuff. I always liked being able to dive back into the news stream as it was generated. It gave context. The good old "more" and "forward and back" buttons always worked fine for me.

      • Or something at the bottom that links to older stories, or "more", like the old design was.

  • eyefry says:

    There's too much going on in this new layout. It just isn't as friendly as the old one. Ditch the three-column grid. Two's better.

  • wildeyed says:

    It looks small to me - tiny print, tiny pics on a busy page. I also miss being able to simple scroll "back" through the articles (and in time) for things I missed.

  • Drikki says:

    Gosh, the feedback is not so good, and unfortunately I have to agree. The old interface was more elegant and appealing; the new one is too busy, and I miss S. Zacharek

  • Holly says:

    I have had some formatting issues with Chrome where text overlaps and is hard to read. That has been the biggest turnoff for me, though I agree with others about there just being too much going on in the new format.

  • Needs more Stu VanAirsdale. /neverforget

  • vulpes82 says:

    I don't mind the new format. We needed a change. I like the new logo.Though I do agree that it would be nice to have pages to go through, especially if you miss a day.

    Yes to more Jen. And no offense to you, Frank, or Brian, but I do miss the old tongue-in-cheekiness of old Movieline. You two are much more factual, which is great, but I miss the wit.

  • skip says:

    This page is much nicer than the home page, IMO. I like the two columns better and the right side looks cleaner. It's easier to read.

  • Chickie Baby says:

    I'm in agreement with many of the others--the content is fine, but the layout is busy and seems a little jumbled with too much stuff crammed on the page. Some more white space would make it easier to notice individual items, rather than trying to take it all in at once. The new logo is kinda neat--looks like it should be running across the top of a movie marquee.

  • Jake says:

    My main beef, which I brought up a while back, is the lack of information that is plainly visible... like how many comments an article has gotten. That genuinely affects whether or not I click through. If it's an article I'm not that interested in, but it got a bunch of comments, I like to check in and see what the discussion is.

    Love this site. Some of these changes just take a while to get used to, but I agree that access to older articles is now more difficult. I miss the button clicking over to previous articles. The boxes bug. I notice it mimics the "Swipe" version for mobiles, on which I also previously gave feedback. I figured out a way around that for the mobile version, but am stuck here. The big pictures just don't do it for me.

    I hope you guys make a couple of minor tweaks based on the feedback. I don't think the changes are bad, but I just don't like that some information is no longer there. It reminds me of why I always have to switch the rottentomatoes mobile version to the desktop version because they don't provide all the info I want (notably, the mobile version doesn't say how many reviews a film has gotten. Like it will say 80%, but I want to know, is that 4 of 5 positive reviews, which doesn't mean anything, or is it 40 out of 50 reviews, which means the result is bonafied). It's that kind of stuff that is irritating. Redesign the site and make it cool and hip and new, but don't reduce the information that is available.

    My 2 cents.

    Jake

  • Anonymous says:

    I have been very frustrated by this new format. I agree with all of the above constructive criticism, including the fact that the home page no longer shows whether or not anyone has commented on an article. I am guessing you do this so that we need to click through. But I think it is a cheap ploy to get more click-throughs.

    I used to visit Movieline several times a day. Whereas now I only visit once a day, if that. Is there a chance you may take all this feedback and consider going back to the old format?

  • Mike says:

    I think the new layout is decent but powdered the old version. Also its tough to use on mobile devices and I've never been a fan of the mobile version but that's pretty minor. By the way whatever happened to the Oscar index? That was always one of your best features.

  • joya says:

    Thank you for the feedback everyone. Accessing old posts appears to be a common beef here. Would it help if, for example, we put a drop-down tab at the top of the page that would list links to older stories?I am beautiful woman and I love good man…..inter racial romance is my dream… so I joined —blackwhitePlanet.С0M—–it's where to- connect with beautiful and excellent people!I agree with all of the above constructive criticism, including the fact that the home page no longer shows whether or not anyone has commented on an article. I am guessing you do this so that we need to click through. But I think it is a cheap ploy to get more click-throughs.

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