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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - It’s a safe bet that the most popular movie at the box office this weekend will be the one about the video game character who breaks out of his virtual world and explores the rest of what the arcade has to offer.

If you, too, are feeling adventurous, there’s plenty of big screen music, drama, espionage and politics to be had in and around Washington.

And it won’t even cost you a quarter.

Here are this week’s free movies in the DMV:

Saturday: Testimony (1988), an epic biopic about Dmitri Shostakovich, starring Ben Kingsley as the Soviet-era Russian composer. 3:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse Auditorium.

The American President (1995), starring Michael Douglas as a widowed president and Annette Bening as the lobbyist he romances, threatening his bid for re-election. 7:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, Culpeper, Va.

Sunday: The Ditch (2010), a vivid tale from a prison labor camp in China’s Gobi Desert during Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution. In Mandarin with English subtitles. 2:00 p.m. at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium.

Double feature: Song of the Rivers (1954), a celebration of the international labor movement as symbolized by the rivers that flow through their native countries. Five Days, Five Nights (1960), an East German-Soviet coproduction about art looting after World War II. Begins 4:00 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse Auditorium.

Monday: Summer Stock (1950), starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. A struggling farmer allows her sister to rehearse a Broadway show in her barn. The sister leaves, forcing the farmer into the starring role! 6:00 p.m. at the National Theatre.

Tuesday: We Still Live Here (2010), a documentary about efforts to revive the Wampanoag language among native Americans in New England. 12:00 p.m. at the National Geographic Museum’s Grosvenor Auditorium.

Thursday: Never Sorry (2012), a documentary about Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Includes a discussion with director Alison Klayman. 7:00 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium.

Double feature: Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008), starring Daniel Craig as James Bond in his first missions as Agent 007. Begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater.

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