Your best bets at the box office this weekend are a bizarre action flick about Hansel and Gretel and Jason Statham back on the big screen as, well, Jason Statham.
Fortunately, as always, you have options in the DC area that are absolutely free, and they range from high-minded art films to cinematic classics to the just plain ridiculous.
Here’s the latest list of free movies for the week starting January 26:
- 2pm: A double feature of films by the French director Jean Grémillon. Le Ciel est à vous (1943) (“The Woman Who Dared”), about a pilot who wants to break the female solo flying record, followed by Remorques (1941) (“Stormy Waters”), a story of love set against the power of the sea. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW.
- 7:30pm: Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall (1924), starring Mary Pickford as a 16th century English noblewoman in a star-crossed romance with an enemy’s son. With live music by Andrew Simpson, at the Library of Congress Packard Campus theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 2pm: A Modest Reception (2012), kicking off the Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium. A Tehran couple hands out bags of money to people in a poor town, and records their reactions with cell phone video. The Freer is located at 12th St. and Jefferson Dr., SW.
- 4pm: The Tin Drum (1979), an adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass’s novel about a boy who refuses to grow up after witnessing the savagery of adults. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW.
- 8pm: Nice Girls Don’t Explode (1987), a B-movie that doesn’t exactly live up to its title. Featuring Wallace Shawn of “The Princess Bride” fame (“Inconceivable!”). Part of the Washington Psychotropic Film Society’s monthlong Tribute to Women. At McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
- 7pm: A Whisper to a Roar (2012), a documentary about democracy activists in five global hotspots: Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. At the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Ave. between 7th and 9th Sts., NW.
- 7pm: Bigger than the Beatles: Obama and the Peeps (2010), a look back at President Obama’s first inauguration through the eyes off his supporters in Washington, DC.
At Bloombars, 3222 11th St., NW. A $10 donation is recommended. RSVP here.
- 7:30pm: Golddiggers of 1933 (1933), a Busby Berkeley classic kicking off the Library of Congress’s year-long series “Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself,” featuring films from 1933. At the Packard Campus theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 7pm: Rhino Season (2012), starring Monica Bellucci as an Iranian woman who flees for Istanbul after being released from prison. Twenty years later, her husband goes on a quest to find her, even though she thinks he’s been dead all this time. Part of the Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th St. and Jefferson Dr., SW.
- 7:30pm: Dinner at Eight (1933), a comedy-drama about a high society dinner party featuring an all-star cast, including Jean Harlow, John and Lionel Barrymore and Billie Burke. Part of the series “Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself” at the Library of Congress Packard Campus theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.