‘Gnome MPlayer’ is one of the best graphical front-ends that makes a good use of the power of the command-line based ‘MPLayer’. Its features rich, renders ‘Totem’ (now called ‘Video’ -- what a name for a video player, seriously?) pretty much useless and also supports both GTK2 & 3 UIs.
Installing it on Ubuntu is pretty easy, but the official versions are not up-to-date (especially if you aren’t using the latest version of Ubuntu), hence, you won’t get the latest features if you’re going to use those packages.
But thanks to a PPA created by ‘Brandon Snider’, Ubuntu users ranging from 13.04 to 10.04 LTS, can get the latest ‘Gnome Mplayer’ builds. But please remember that, the packages are in this PPA are ‘beta’ or testing packages, rather than the latest stable ones.
That said, the latest version as of writing this post is 1.0.9a and it does bring few changes (such as the ability to change ‘Resume’ settings), plus, the Gnome MPlayer packages hosted in this PPA automatically disables some power saving features while video playback, ‘PulseAudio’ is enabled by default, including few other changes — as noted on this page.
Anyhow, if you’re OK with using somewhat unstable packages (I haven’t had any issues while using it, so far that is :D) then open your Terminal and enter the below commands to install it.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:brandonsnider/gnome-mplayer-dev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-mplayer