WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – There’s no use denying it. Iron Man 3 is going to blast the competition away at this weekend’s box office.

Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that the pickings are rather slim in the free movie department this week.

But given that Tony Stark has already made millions in the overseas movie market, it’s somewhat apropos that a number of foreign films are on this week’s schedule.

As usual, there are classic films worth checking out, too, including two films directed by John Huston, one of which wraps up the Montgomery Clift series that’s been running the last several weeks at the National Theater.

But as one series ends, another begins, including the first of this summer’s many outdoor movie festivals in the Washington area.

Here’s the full list of free movies coming to museum and outdoor screens for the week starting May 4th:


  • 11am: State of Aloha (2009), a documentary about Hawaiian statehood on the occasion of the Aloha State’s 50th anniversary. Repeats at 3pm at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater, 3rd St. & Independence Ave. SW.
  • 1pm: Monsoon Wedding (2001), a romantic comedy about the stresses of planning an arranged wedding in India. Part of the Foreign Film series at the Chevy Chase Library.
  • 2pm: A double-feature of 3D short films by art director Zoe Beloff. Shadow Land or Light from the Other Side is based on the biography of a turn-of-the-20th-century British psychic who could conjure ghosts. Charming Augustine is an experimental film inspired by photos and words about young hysteric from the 1880s. Beloff will present the films in person at 2:00 and 4:00pm at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode at the Black Cat. This week, it’s “Doublemeat Palace”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.
  • 7:30pm: What Price Glory (1952), the John Ford-directed classic starring James Cagney as a Marine captain who commands a company of Marines, and enters into a love triangle with an innkeeper’s daughter, in World War I France. Part of the “Tribute to the Armed Forces” at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.


  • 1pm: Emperor Visits the Hell (2013), a modern-day reworking of a 16th century Chinese novel about an emperor who condemns a gangster for death for trying to change the weather. The gangster retaliates by traveling to hell to make a bargain. With a live visit by director Luo Li at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
  • 4pm: E-Flat (Komal Gandhar) (1961). The second film in a trilogy that explores the aftermath of the India-Pakistan Partition of 1947. Part of the series “The Revolutionary Cinema of Ritwik Ghatak” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.


  • 6pm: The “Montgomery Clift: American Enigma” series concludes with The Misfits (1961), starring Marilyn Monroe in her final role as a sexy divorcee who falls for Clark Gable’s middle-aged cowboy. At the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: Terror on Tour (1980), a horror movie about a clowned-faced rock band suspected of a string of murders of prostitutes made up like clowns. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.


  • 11am: State of Aloha (2009). Repeats at 3pm at the National Museum of the American Indian. See Saturday.
  • 12pm: Brain Games (2012), a National Geographic special on the latest developments in neuroscience. Part of the Tuesdays at Noon series at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW.
  • 7pm: The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011), a French drama about a laid-off dock worker whose life is shattered after a violent break-in at his home. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.


  • 11am: State of Aloha (2009). Repeats at 3pm at the National Museum of the American Indian. See Saturday.


  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Doctor Who” episode at the Black Cat. Tonight, it’s the season 4 premiere finale, “Voyage of the Damned”. 1811 14th St. NW.
  • Around dusk: The Goonies (1985), the family classic about suburban friends on a pirate treasure-hunt, kicks off Movies Under the Stars at Pinn Community Center, 10255 Zion Drive, Fairfax, Va.

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