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Google cruft

New Google feature: Google Movies. Displays aggregated movie reviews (like Rotten Tomatoes), looks up local movie times based on your zip code saved in Google Local (more evidence of the fabled Google cookie), and even handles recommendations.

The downside is that it’s yet more cruft for the search results page. Here’s a screenshot, with the cruft in red and the actual search results in green:

A screenshot of a Google search for "in good company", showcases how much of the page is now taken up by results from Google news, Google print and Google movies.

Ben Hammersley has more commentary.

This is Google cruft by Simon Willison, posted on 24th February 2005.

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