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For movie lovers, 2018 is turning out to be like a visit to the Land of Oz -- almost too good to be true.
Ever since MoviePass rolled out its unlimited movie card last year, theaters have started jumping in with deals of their own.
Four separate services are now offering Netflix-like movie subscriptions at your local cinema.
MoviePasswas the first and (for now, at least) is the most generous: $9.95 a month gets you up to one movie a day, or 30 per month (though it is now experimenting with surge pricing, where you may soon have to pay an additional fee to see movies on peak evenings).
Sinemia is also$9.99 a month, though it gives you just two tickets per month (They have introductory rates as low as $4.99 a month). But you can buy them in advance, unlike MoviePass, where you can't purchase or reserve seats until you get to the theater.
Cinemark Movie Clubis $8.99 a month, for one movie ticket per month, which makes it basically a discount club for occasional moviegoers. However, you get a 20 percent discount on concessions, which could save you a lot of popcorn and those overpriced soft drinks.
AMC Stubs A-Listis the newest, where $19.95 a month gets you three movies a week. AMC's is the most expensive, but critics say its the easiest to use.
Downsides of MoviePass
MoviePass may not be quite the incredible deal it seems. In theory, it sounds like the best of the services, by far, at just $9.95 a month for up to 30 movies.