Today I got an invitation for a movie screening… in my inbox. And one of the many reasons I love gofobo is that it utterly suits my sometimes indolent nature.

Usually, for movie screenings, you have to mail in an entry form or go somewhere to pick up a pass. Both are relatively easy, of course. But you know what’s easier? Having invites emailed to you!

The site is free to join, and it tends to have a sweepstakes or two that you can enter. There are discussions groups and such, also, but I really haven’t bothered.

A word of caution: gofobo is chronically last-minute. Often, it will email you about screenings less than 24 hours in advance. Sometimes, it emails you about a screening later that night. It’s pure supposition on my part, but my guess is that it gets last minute pleas from promoters to fill up screenings that are looking a little lean on attendees.

Still, what’s the worst that happens? You get an offer on a movie you can’t go to. I’d say that’s one of the smaller tragedies in life.

Another nice thing about the site is that you can choose how many people you want to bring along. You can print out a pass for just yourself or for five friends (or more). Normal screening passes are for just two people. So if you need to get more folks in, you have to bring a buddy along to get a second pass.

Like most of you, I’m a big fan of “free” — it’s an especially good way to see movies you wouldn’t otherwise pay for. In this case, it’s Dinner for Schmucks, which Tim and I want to see just for the interplay between Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis. But, without the pass, we would definitely just put it in our Netflix queue.

It’ll actually be quite the week for free movies, since Tim also nabbed us a screening pass to Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. It’ll either be fabulous or a very strange, but compelling, failure. Either way, it’ll be free, which gives it a head start in my book. That, and the tag line “An epic of epic epicness.”

Speaking of other ways to nab free passes, don’t forget to check local papers for advertisements — in my experience, the weekly free papers have the most — and listen to the radio for giveaways.

There are also rewards programs, of course. My mom keeps us in AMC silver tickets (good after the first two weeks) through MyCokeRewards. MyPoints offers movie theater gift cards, as well.

And if you simply don’t have time for the fuss of rewards programs (and I think you’re vastly overestimating the fuss involved), well then you can always fall back on the Entertainment Book’s discount movie coupons. Now’s the time to pounce, too. The books are currently 2 for $10. On top of that you get 30% back through Mr. Rebates.

I know that Costco customers can sometimes buy discounted movie passes, as well.

What’s your favorite source for free movies? Or cheap entertainment of any kind?

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