Google Film has launched in the UK. The new service for movie buffs offers fast access to show times in their local area, access to information such as critics' reviews, and the ability to search for films by plot, genre, and more.

Google has also added a new Google SMS (short messaging service) feature that lets UK users receive cinema listings on mobile phones and handheld devices.

Users can search for a list of films and start times near a UK location; search for specific movies playing locally; and search by plot, actors, directors, genre, description, viewer opinions or even key moments.

Google Film finds reviews from the web and calculates an aggregated rating score from zero to five stars. Users can search within these reviews and sort films by rating, relevance or date. Google also generates a list of terms that are frequently mentioned in reviews.