A retelling of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” fable could be the top draw at this weekend’s box office. But if “Jack the Giant Slayer” has you feeling nostalgic, you can feed that nostalgia with the long list of classic (or classic-looking) movies playing for free this week in and around DC.
Or if action is more your speed, and you don’t mind subtitles, the Korean Film Festival at the Freer Gallery may be worth checking out this week.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting March 2nd:
- 11am: Waterbuster (2006). A documentarian visits his ancestral homeland in North Dakota and sees how the 1950s-era Garrison Dam wiped out the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Part of the DC Family Programs series at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater, 4th St. & Independence Ave. SW. Replays at 3pm.
- 12pm: Iron Jawed Angels (2004), starring Hilary Swank as one of the leaders of the Suffragette movement. Part of the celebration of Women’s History Month at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 1pm: Whale Rider (2002). A young Maori girl fights to fulfill her grandfather’s destiny. Part of the Foreign Film Series at the Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.
- 2pm: A Belgian neorealism double-feature starts with Rosetta (1999), a grim story of a teenage girl who takes responsibility for her drunken mother in a trailer park. It’s followed at 4:30 by The Son (2002), about a middle-aged carpenter who reluctantly takes a troubled boy under his wing. Part of the series “Responsible Realism: Belgium’s Dardenne Brothers” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 7pm: Stoker (2013). A rescreening of the film starring Nicole Kidman as a woman who becomes unhinged after her husband’s death, and Mia Wasikowska as her daughter who enters into an infatuation with the mysterious uncle she never knew she had. Directed by Park Chan-wook. Part of the 2013 Korean Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7:30pm: The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), starring Billy Bob Thornton as a chain-smoking barber who blackmails his wife’s boss to try to invest in a dry cleaning business in 1940s northern California. Part of the “Modern Monochrome” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 1pm: A Korean New Wave double feature begins with JSA: Joint Security Area (2000), a whodunit in the middle of the DMZ. It’s followed at 4:30 by Oldboy (2003), a futuristic, violent thriller about a man who’s mysteriously imprisoned for 15 years, only to be just as mysteriously released and forced to confront his captor. Part of the 2013 Korean Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 4:30pm: My Brother’s Wedding (1983). A dropout from South Central Los Angeles reluctantly agrees to be the best man for his lawyer brother. The shorter director’s cut of this film will be screened as part of the series “L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Concourse, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Evil Cat (1987). An alien feline breaks free from imprisonment in the middle of the earth and wreaks havoc, proving even extraterrestrial tabbies have nine lives. Part of the Washington Psychotropic Film Society’s Meow Mix Month at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 11am: Waterbuster. Also at 3pm. See Saturday.
- 12pm: Dr. Leakey and the Dawn of Man (1965). The National Geographic Museum resumes its “Tuesdays at Noon” series with this classic National Geographic Special on human origins. Museum admission required at 1145 17th St. NW.
- 7pm: Danny from North Korea (2013), the story of one man’s escape from that repressive nation. A $10 donation is requested at BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW.
- 11am: Waterbuster. Also at 3pm. See Saturday.
- 7:30pm: Paper Moon (1973), starring Ryan O’Neal as a Great Depression-era con man and real-life daughter Tatum O’Neal in an Oscar-winning role as an orphan who may or may not be his daughter. Part of the “Modern Monochrome” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 6:30pm: Jezebel (1938), starring Bette Davis as a headstrong belle in antebellum New Orleans who tries to make amends after her fiancé (Henry Fonda) calls off their engagement over her behavior. Part of the Classic Film Festival at the National Museum of American History’s Warner Bros. Theater, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW.
- 7pm: Nameless Gangster (2012), a gangland tale about a customs inspector who tries to turn a wayward drug shipment into an entryway with a local crime boss. Part of the 2013 Korean Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7:30pm: She Done Him Wrong (1933), starring Mae West as a saloon singer and Cary Grant as a temperance league leader who tries to set her on the right path. Part of the “Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.