Triangle Arts & Entertainment Free-Film List

Welcome to the new Triangle Arts & Entertainment Free-Film List home page. This e-mail list provides a comprehensive, detailed, and completely interactive listing of upcoming advance screenings of movies in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Click here to see a sample listing for a past screening.

There are now two versions of the list: FFL FREE is e-mailed once weekly, during the weekend; and FFL PREMIUM, which costs just $9.99 a month, is e-mailed 24/7/365, as needed.

To subscribe to FFL FREE, e-mail me at and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.

To subscribe to FFL PREMIUM, just see me at pass pickups or screenings, or make out a check payable to me for $9.99 a month or $49.99 per six months and mail it to:

Robert W. McDowell
1828 Honeysuckle Road #13
Raleigh, NC 27609-6220

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the features of FFL FREE and FFL PREMIUM:



Weekly Roundup (e-mailed once a week on weekends) YES YES
Daily Updates (e-mailed hourly, if needed) NO YES
E-mail address per FREE and $9.99 subscription ONE ONE
E-mail addresses per six months’ subscription TWO
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how to get more movie passes

The purpose of the new Triangle Arts & Entertainment Free-Film List is to help YOU obtain YOUR OWN free passes — most of them good for TWO people — for upcoming sneak previews of films. It is up to you to contact the outlet(s) listed beneath each film’s title and preview date. In some cases, you may request a pass online; but you must act fast, fast, fast, because the window of opportunity for online signups can slam shut in the blink of an eye. In other cases, you will have to pick the passes up at a location designated by the screening’s sponsor(s). (For more information about advance screenings in the Triangle, click on Getting Information About *Free* Sneak Previews and Sneak-Preview Etiquette.)

Good luck,
Robert W. McDowell
Editor and Publisher
Triangle Arts & Entertainment Free-Film List

Sample Sneak Preview Listing for a Past Screening

Cowboys & Aliens – Tuesday, July 26th, at 7 p.m.
(pick up one two-person N&O ZONE pass at the N&O Front Desk, 215 South McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, starting at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18th; online contest)


Regal Cinemas North Hills Stadium 14, 4150 Main at North Hills Street, Raleigh, NC 27609.
N&O ZONE FORM (Note: A printed-out and filled-in N&O ZONE form is required for pass pickup):
UPCOMING-MOVIES.COM ONLINE CONTEST (Note: To sign up for these passes, you must first register at and log in and follow the instructions on this page):

Genre: Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller/Western, Color, Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of Western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity, and a brief crude reference), 103 Minutes.

Directed by Jon Favreau.
Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Walton Goggins, and Keith Carradine.
Trailer: (click Watch the Theatrical Trailer).
Internet Movie Database:
Wikipedia (the film):
Graphic Novel:
Wikipedia (the graphic novel):

SYNOPSIS #1 (from Rotten Tomatoes [not yet rated]:

1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Daniel Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. — ©  Official Site

SYNOPSIS #2 (from

Based on the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Cowboys & Aliens starts in 1800s Arizona, where the local cowboys, headed by gunslinger Zeke Jackson (Daniel Craig), and the indigenous Apache tribe have been feuding fiercely for quite a while. Their skirmish is interrupted, however, by the appearance of a spaceship, commanded by an alien creature that’s bent on enslaving the human race. It’s time for a six-gun shoot-out between these cattle rustlers and space invaders, and there might even be a temporary peace between the cowboys and Indians as they both take aim at these extraterrestrial uninvited guests. Jon Favreau directs from a script by Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, with help from “Lost’s” Damon Lindelof. Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, and Sam Rockwell fill out the headlining cast. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi

What: The Triangle Arts & Entertainment Free-Film List is a FREE compilation of sneak previews, edited and published by Robert W. McDowell since November 2007. It provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of advance screenings in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC area of North Carolina.

To Subscribe to FFL FREE: E-mail and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.

To Subscribe to FFL PREMIUM: Contact me a screening or mail $9.99 a month or $49.99 for six months to Robert W. McDowell, 1828 Honeysuckle Road #13, Raleigh, NC 27609-6220.

To Opt Out: E-mail and type OPT OUT FFL in the Subject: line.

Questions or Comments? E-mail all questions and comments to

Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell: If I have any extra passes to movies, I send out an e-mail. So, do not ask me for passes to movies unless you are responding to one of those e-mails. I do not keep Want Lists.

Copyright: Editorial content in all formats © 2013 Triangle Arts & Entertainment Free-Film List. Reproduction in any form without authorization of Triangle Arts & Entertainment Free-Film List is prohibited. Triangle Arts & Entertainment Free-Film List maintains an archive of past issues. To request copies of past articles and/or issues, e-mail

By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).