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The National Mall is likely to be packed this weekend, with tourists and locals alike enjoying the unseasonably warm weather we’re expecting.

So it might get crowded for one of the best-kept secrets about tourism in Washington: the free movies that play in and around town week in and week out.

Here’s the latest list, for the week starting January 12th:

Saturday:

  • 2pm: The Taming of the Shrew (1929). Starring real-life married couple Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in one of the earliest sound adaptations of Shakespeare in film. Preceded by newsreel and home movie footage of Pickford, at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 4pm: Toward Nowa Huta (2012). A documentary about the decline of an industrial area near Krakow, Poland. Part of the series Sixpack: The Austrian Experiment at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 7:30pm: 3:10 to Yuma (1957). Starring Glenn Ford as an outlaw who’s smuggled by a small-time rancher (Van Heflin) to face trial, but first he has to wait for that train. Inducted into the National Film Registry in 2012, it plays at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Sunday:

  • 2pm: Images of the World and the Inscription of War (1989). A documentary about how the US military missed the concentration camp at Auschwitz, despite taking surveillance photos of it while searching for bombing targets during World War II. At the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Dr. at 12th St. SW.
  • 4:30pm: Low Definition Control (Malfunctions #0) (2011). A film about filming. “Science fiction in a literal sense,” according to director Michael Palm. Part of the series Sixpack: The Austrian Experiment at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.

Monday:

  • 8pm: Intrepidos Punks (1980). Straight out of Mexico, female biker chicks bust their men out of prison. Part of the Washington Psychotropic Film Society’s January Tribute to Women, screening at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $10 donation recommended.

Tuesday:

  • 2pm: Born Yesterday (1950). Starring Judy Holliday in an Oscar-winning performance as the bumbling girlfriend of a corrupt millionaire, who must learn proper etiquette from a Washington newspaper reporter (William Holden). Inducted into the National Film Registry in 2012, it plays at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 7pm: Doc in a Day: Film Fest, a showcase of five short documentaries filmed in and around DC on December 8th, to benefit five local nonprofits. Playing at BloomBars, 3222 11th St. NW.

Thursday:

  • 7pm: To Know the Arab Terrain: Movements to, from, and within (2010). Part of the Arab Shorts film series at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Dr. at 12th St. SW.
  • 7:30pm: The Times of Harvey Milk (1984), a documentary about San Francisco’s first openly-gay elected leader. Inducted into the National Film Registry in 2012, it plays at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Friday:

  • 7pm: Everything is Alright, Officer (2011). Part of the Arab Shorts film series at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Dr. at 12th St. SW.
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