Reporting Nathan Hager
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - It’s fitting for Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer: summertime outdoor movie festivals are opening up in droves in the DMV!
Get a load of some of the selections: Wreck-It Ralph on Sunday, the Star Trek reboot on Wednesday, Captain America on Thursday, and Clueless on Friday.
Plus there’s a huge slate of movies playing for free indoors, all week long.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting May 25th:
- 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.
- 2pm: Ornette: Made in America (1985), a biographical documentary about the pioneering free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Part of the series “Shirley Clarke: The Real Thing” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
- 4pm: CS Blues, a rarely-screened documentary covering The Rolling Stones’ 1972 North American tour. The movie will be preceded by a lecture from media historian David James about themes of violence in the Stones’ previous concert films. 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 “As You Were”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 8:30pm: The Manchurian Candidate (1962), starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury in the story of Korean War POWs brainwashed on their return home. Playing at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 2pm: Moi, un noir (1958), a story of immigrants from Niger who move to the Ivory Coast under the assumed names of Western celebrities. Part of the series “Jean Rouch in Africa” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
- 3pm: State of Aloha (2009). At the National Museum of the American Indian. See Saturday.
- 4:30pm: The Connection (1961), Shirley Clarke’s adaptation of an off-Broadway play about drug addicts with something to say, “philosophers of the needle.” Part of the series “Shirley Clarke: The Real Thing” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: All the President’s Men (1976), starring Robert Redford as Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein, blowing the lid off Watergate. Playing at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 20 minutes after sunset: Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Disney’s computer-generated story of a video game hero who wants to explore life outside his corner of the arcade. It kicks off Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor Plaza, National Harbor, Md.
- 8pm: Loan$hark (1999), an extremely low-budget movie about a man who goes to extreme measures to make sure debts are paid — so extreme, even the mob thinks he’s going overboard. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Otto Preminger’s legendary courtroom drama starring Jimmy Stewart as a small-town attorney defending an Army lieutenant accused of murder. Playing at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 11am: State of Aloha (2009). Repeats at 3pm at the National Museum of the American Indian. See Saturday.
- 7pm: Genetic Roulette (2012), a documentary about the rise of genetically modified crops in the American food chain. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
- 8:30pm: The Stepford Wives (1975), the classic film based on the novel about suburban life that’s just a little too perfect. Playing at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 7pm: Star Trek (2009), J.J. Abrams’s hugely successful reboot of the long-running sci-fi franchise, starring Chris Pine as Capt. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock, a Starfleet pair who find themselves at odds with each other as they battle a time-traveling rogue Romulan. Part of NoMa Summer Screen at Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
- 8:30pm: Vertigo (1958), Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece about obsession, betrayal and extreme dizziness. Playing at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 7pm: Two days of screenings of Academy Award-winning documentaries from the 1970s begins tonight at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater. The short Princeton: A Search for Answers (1973) will be followed by Marjoe (1972), a full-length profile of child evangelist and faith healer Marjoe Gortner. 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 7:30pm: Thousands Cheer (1943), starring Gene Kelly as an acrobatic soldier who woos the colonel’s daughter. A salute to the Army as part of the “Tribute to the Armed Forces” at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: North by Northwest (1959), the Hitchcock classic starring Cary Grant as an ad exec mistaken for a spy, and Eva Marie Saint as his femme fatale. Playing at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Sunset: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), the origin story of the Marvel Comics World War II-era super soldier. The first film in the “DC vs. Marvel” themed Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movies at Canal Park, 2nd St. and M St. SE.
- 12pm: The National Archives’ screening of 1970s Best Documentary Oscar winners continues with documentary short The Flight of the Gossamer Condor (1978) and the full-length feature The Great American Cowboy (1973), a behind-the-scenes look at the rodeo. At the William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 1pm: A ballet double feature at the National Gallery of Art: The Red Shoes (1948), a fictional story about a dancer torn between her art and her love, and Ballets Russes (2005), a documentary about the fabled Russian troupe. At the East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
- 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Doctor Who” episode at the Black Cat. Tonight, it’s “Planet of the Ood”, from season 4. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7pm: Brave (2012), the latest Disney/Pixar classic about a headstrong Scottish princess who butts heads with her mother over her duty to herself and her clan. Part of Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:45: They Were Expendable (1945), starring John Wayne in a true story about the PT boats that fought off the Japanese in the Philippines after Pearl Harbor. A salute to the Navy as part of the “Tribute to the Armed Forces” at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Garden of the Finzi Continis (1970), an Italian drama about a wealthy Jewish family that’s insulated from the rest of the world, until World War II closes in. Playing at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Around dusk: Clueless (1995), a re-imagining of Jane Austen’s Emma on a modern-day high school campus, starring Alicia Silverstone as matchmaker Cher. Part of the “Summer School” themed Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
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