WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – While you wait for The Hobbit to arrive in theaters next weekend, there are plenty of free movies to enjoy in and around Washington.
On this Pearl Harbor weekend, you can find reminders of another tense time in US history: the Cuban Missile Crisis. Plus, a series of films pays tribute to a legendary Japanese movie studio responsible for a slew of B-movies from the 1950s.
Here’s this week’s picks of the best free movies in and around town for the week starting December 8th:
- 12pm: Thirteen Days (2000), starring Kevin Costner as a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) as he faces the Cuban Missile Crisis. At the William G. McGowan Theater in the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC.
- 7:30pm: Fandango (1985), with Kevin Costner in his first starring role as a college student taking a road trip to Mexico with four of his buddies as they face graduation, marriage and the Vietnam draft. At the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper, Va.
- 1pm: a triple-feature kicks off the series “Nudes! Guns! Ghosts! The Sensational Cinema of Shintoho,” a celebration of the legendary Japanese studio responsible for dozens of exploitation films, mostly in the 1950s. Ghost Story of Yotsuya (1959) starts it off at 1pm, followed by Ghost Cat of Otama Pond (1960) at 2:30, and Vampire Bride (1960) at 4pm. At the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC.
In the week ahead:
- 6pm: Scrooge (1951). The National Theater continues its series of free holiday films with this Charles Dickens classic starring Alastair Sim as the miserly curmudgeon who learns the true meaning of Christmas after a visit from three spirits. 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC.
- 7pm: Fairytale (2007). A documentary by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei about his own work, in which he invites 1,001 Chinese citizens to Germany to share their dreams for the future. Part of the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum, 700 Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC.
- 7:30pm: GoldenEye (1995), starring Pierce Brosnan as James Bond as he tries to stop a rogue agent from hijacking a Russian nuclear space weapon. Part of the spy movie series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper, Va.
- 7pm: The Horizon Glitters (1961). A tale of a prison break gone wrong, and possibly anarchic. Part of the series “Nudes! Guns! Ghosts! The Sensational Cinema of Shintoho” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium. 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC.
- 7:30pm: The City of Lost Children (1995). A demented scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams. In French with English subtitles. At the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper, Va.