Does this movie have a bonus scene after the credits? This app knows

Anything After helps you decide if it's worth sitting an extra 5-10 minutes for a "stinger" you might otherwise miss.

Anything After answers the age-old question: Should I sit through the credits?
Anything After answers the age-old question: Should I sit through the credits? Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

If you've seen "Iron Man 3," you know there's a quick bonus scene -- a "stinger" -- at the tail end of the credits. A pretty good one, too.

That's par for the course with Marvel superhero movies, which started the tradition following the first "Iron Man," but what about other films? Is there anything at the end of "Star Trek Into Darkness" worth waiting for? Or "Fast & Furious 6"? Does "Before Midnight" tease the inevitable "Before Nursing Home" post-credits?

Instead of waiting 5 to 10 minutes to find out, fire up Anything After (Android | iOS). Temporarily on sale for 99 cents, this clever app relies on crowd-sourcing to answer the question of what happens after the credits roll.

The movie listings are separated into three categories: Opening Soon, In Theaters, and Older Titles. Older Titles doesn't go back very far -- maybe a year or so -- which is fine given that you probably wouldn't be seeing them in a theater anyway. (When you're streaming or watching a DVD, you can easily fast-forward through the credits.) There's also a search option.

For any given movie, you can see at-a-glance if there's "anything after." If you tap through, you'll see more details (including rating, run time, and who's in it) and get the option of adding your own report: whether it was worth the wait, happened during or after the credits, hint at a sequel, and so on.

You can also look at your fellow moviegoers' comments, which may or may not include spoilers. But the main page wisely doesn't reveal anything more than whether there's something after the movie.

If you've ever sat through a lengthy credits sequence, only to be disappointed by the lack of a stinger, this is 99 cents very well spent. Anything After is definitely coming with me to the theater from now on.

 

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