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      07.08.2002 18:36
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      I became a member of firstmovies.com in July 2000 when the site did offer an extremely good service; there was many preview screenings countrywide with at least one a month and the likelihood of receiving tickets was exceptionally high too. However within the last 12 months the bottom has seemed to have dropped out of this site, offering fewer showing in fewer places, mainly major cities, the likelihood of scoring tickets has dramatically decreased, and they only seem to collaborate with Stella Artois. Competitions are still a regular weekly occurance but the weekly e-mail which was like clockwise, delivered to your inbox every thursday night can arrive anytime over the weekend. By which time if it informed you of vouchers in The Sun on Thursday and Friday to collect for free cinema tickets it became no longer useful.

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        07.03.2002 23:09
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        Last year I made a bit of a sad New Year's resolution, which was to visit as many freebie sites as possible in order to get as much free stuff as I could. I made a note of everything I applied for and ticked it off when I got it (look - I DID tell you I was sad!). Twelve months down the line and my book is a very tragic sight, pages and pages of offers applied for but a noteable absence of ticks, sigh, all those promised goodies that never arrived. But there is one site that has faithfully delivered time after time and whose emails in my inbox give me a shiver of anticipation, and that is Firstmovies.com. This site offers free preview tickets across the UK for some top name films. It comes with my heartfelt recommendations for two reasons. Firstly, it's so easy to use. Honestly, it's easier than organizing a p*ss-up in a brewery, and for a lazy s*d like me that is music to my ears. Secondly, with one exception, I have received tickets for every single movie I've applied for. Thirdly they do quite a lot of screenings a year (ok, I know I only said two reasons..!) OK - so here's your easy guide to getting free entertainment without even lifting your bum off your seat: 1) Go to www.firstmovies.com 2) Click on the members icon and you'll be walked through the steps. 3) You'll get an email with a membership number on 4) Every week you'll get a newsletter. This will handily alert you to any new screenings so you don't have to keep checking back at the site (which is obviously a very time and energy-consuming thing to have to do, if you're anything like me!) If there are any screenings, you simply click on the link in the newsletter, enter your membership number, tick your preferred cinema and number of tickets (2 max) and bingo! you're in with a chance. 5) Tickets are usually allocated on a first come first served basis, or occasionally through a dra w. Sometimes they send them through the post, other times you get an email ticket which you simply print out. whether you're lucky or not, they're polite enough to tell you by email. This is a wonderful feature which stops you from wondering 'will I/won't I' for days on end. Your membership number is handily included in the newsletter so that if you're a disorganized no-hoper like me you don't have to cause world war 3 in your computer room trying to find the damned thing. I mean, WHAT could be easier!!! TOP REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN 1. Firstmovies.com is run by 'some of the top names in the industry' (apparently they will be telling more in the next few weeks - sounds like the Mafia to me). They usually have between 3000 and 5000 tickets available nationwide. In practice this has meant I have gained a ticket for every single film I applied for, with one exception. Now since I live in Birmingham and the cinemas are always packed out I think this is bloomin' marvellous. However, they only screen in the bigger cities due to poor turn-outs elsewhere. And sometimes some of the screenings are only in London which is a bit annoying for us Brummies. 2. Unlike many other free screenings they dont' just pick out the crap films that no right-minded person would want to see anyway. Some examples of Firstmovies screenings include: Toy Story 2 Captain Corelli's Mandorin Hell (this is the one I didn't get to see, boo-hoo!) Moulin Rouge (which I got tickets for and which I would have gladly stuck my head in a gas oven to avoid) 3. The screenings are all at decent times. I mean, who wants to waste a Sunday marathon lie-in by haring off to the flicks at 9am just to catch a freebie?? Unlike many previews offered by newspapers, Firstmovies.com always screens theirs at 6.30pm, usually on a Wednesday. Which gives you plenty of time to ge t there from work and it feels more like a 'proper' cinema trip when you go in the evening (just a personal view there!) 4. The weekly newsletter doesn't always have screenings in it but nevertheless I'd say there's at least one opportunity a month available. 5. The site has some other nice features (apart from having the most dull and dark background colours - I do wish they'd change that). You can review the movie after you've seen it should you so wish (though I imagine most people would rather review it on Dooyoo, it's nice for the people-at-the-top of Firstmovies to get feedback). The newsletter also tells you about other free screenings - for example, those which will be coming up in magazines or newspapers - an extremely handy feature. For example Stella Artois often give away tickets if you go and buy beer at a participating bar. Which, as you can appreciate, is a real hardship to do. I really can't fault this site - apart from the fact that they don't offer free unlimited popcorn and drinks and a bloke in the back row to snog to make my night perfect, but there you are, you can't have everything in just one site! Hope you join and hope you have as much fun out of this site as I have.

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          19.10.2001 03:07
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          Being a movie buff, I was naturally intrigued about this site, especially as the prices of cinema tickets are constantly on the up. I was a little dubious at first thinking there had to be a catch, but as I tried it out I was surprised. All you need to do is fill out a membership form (free and very easy to do) and away you go. You are regularly updated via email as to what movies are going to be released and to which movies are going to have reviews. I have so far had free tickets to Toy Story 2, The Insider and Beautiful Creatures, Cats and Dogs & Amelie. From here all you have to do is request the tickets on the website choose which cinema you want to see the film at and afterwards write a short review. Simple. I have found there is a lot of good movies previewed, but most of the time they tend to be in major towns and cities and often selected cinemas. This is unfortunate if you are from the outskirts and even if you do live in a city it's not always at a cinema near you, butonly a small price to pay. After all you're going to see a movie for free!!

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            29.08.2001 05:31
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            A simple to use site that allows you to get free tickets for preview showings of the hot (and to be honest some not so hot) releases. You simply register with the site and they send you regular e-mails of film showings that they are holding in what areas. If you like the sound of the film and can make the date and time you simply apply for 1 or 2 tickets and hope that you are lucky enough to be allocated them. The range of locations isn't great but they are different every time so it is worth keeping an eye on them. They also tell you of other free ticket offers in the press etc. You aren't guaranteed tickets to every showing but I have rarely been disappointed and have seen some really good films over the years. They are also used to students so it is very easy to change your contact details between home and uni so you don't miss out! Definitely worth taking a look!

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              21.07.2001 22:47
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              Firstmovies.com is a site that I reccomend you sign up for now. Whay do I say this? Well every once in a while they have advanced screenings for film's that are completely free. All you have to do is sign up and you'll get an e-mail telling what, where and when screenings are. Then you just log on and apply for tickets. Most of the time you'll get them allocated to you and sent in the post. Here's just some of the movies I've seen free as a result of this site. PITCH BLACK -months before UK release HIGH HEELS AND LOWLIFES CAPTAIN CORELLIS MANDOLIN EMPERORS NEW GROOVE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES -With director Q&A BRIDGET JONES DIARY To be honest there are probably more but I can't remember them. The site itself is very straightfoward and easy to access. They have film news and also hold weekly competitions where you can win film merchandise by answering easy questions. Whenever you've attended a preview screening they ask you to just offer a short opinion and answer a few questions. But these questions are always the same and it gets a bit tedious. But I suppose if you've seen a decetn film for free then you're bound to give the film good word of mouth which is the best form of advertising. At the end of the day you're saving yourself £4-6 on the cost of a cinema ticket and you're getting to see it before release. Somehow they just makes me feel slightly more important!

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                21.07.2001 22:33
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                I recently joined firstmovies.com, as like to go to the cinema quite often. When I applied for free preview tickets for the latest Minne Driver film High Heels & Low Lifes I thought it was just another of those things that never turn up. But low and behold a week later two tickets to a local cinema arrived on my doormat! I really anjoyed the film, and you can't complain if its free! I have since seen tow other good films too. The only catch is that you have have to answer a few questions about what you thought of the film. but i'm sure you will be able to live with this! If you like going to the cinema it's a great website to join!

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                  05.01.2001 11:15
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                  I'm not sure if I should be spreading about this site or not, but I think good stuff shouldn't be left alone, it should be shared! Right? So, that's what I'm doing at the moment. And, what's the catch? None whatsoever. www.firstmovies.com, used to be known as www.beatwax.com is the place where you can get hold of special preview screenings of movies/films before they are being released. All you have to do is to register as a member and you will get personalise email newsletters from them regularly about movies and stuff. And the best thing is, they will inform you about any special preview screenings near your area. Once this happen, all you need to do is go to their site and start asking for the tickets! So, far just by joining them, I've seen a lot of cool flicks before they were released to public viewers. For example, I watched American Beauty, Virgin Suicides, Galaxy Quest and the latest Meet the Parents, 1 or 2 weeks before they were out! How about that? The only thing that they ask in return is for you to write your review about the movie that you've just watched. Well, it shouldn't be that hard since you've been doing that anyway if you're reading this, right? But, they won't terminate your membership just because you failed to do so either. Maybe the downside of it is the 'first come, first served basis' of getting hold of the tickets. Well, it's free, what do you expect? So, why wait now, register as firtmovies.com member now!

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                    20.11.2000 07:12
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                    This website offers numerous free movie previews. I have got four free movie previews from this site. One of the founders for this movies website is Beatwax.com. Like other movies websites, this website offers whole lots of information regarding movies such as trailer, upcoming films, reviews, cast and credit, picture galleries etc. One thing good about the reviews is that they are written by the readers. Once you have registered with the website, Firstmovies.com will regularly send you an email /newsletter containing information about the free screening of movies, new release and competitions. One of the best features of the newsletter is that it does not only provide information about the free preview hosted by Firstmovies.com, but also about other contemporary free previews hosted by other organisations. This is unique because it saves the readers ' time in finding the available contemporary free movie previews. Besides that, this feature ensures that we would not miss out any upcoming free movie previews. Frankly, because of this fantastic newsletter, I have been to numerous free screening of movies like Bedazzled, Pitch Black, The Scary Movies and the upcoming 102 Dalmatians. However, most of the free movie previews organised by the website are located in limited places (mostly urban areas). This shortcoming obviously can be compensated by the informative newsletter which reports other previews hosted by other organisations. Besides the free previews, the newsletter also contains some competitions for the members. Nevertheless, since this website is just newly launched (November), a lot of features in the site are still unavailable. Those members who have registered with Beatwax.com need not re-register with the Firstmovies.com as they can still use their existing memberships. For those who haven't, try this out !

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