WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Pixar’s Monsters University will probably be the big draw in theaters this weekend, but on this first official week of summer there are plenty of free options to take the kids to on the big screen.
There’s Madagascar on Saturday, Hotel Transylvania on Sunday, Despicable Me on Monday, and Rise of the Guardians on Friday.
The range of free movies this week also includes classics from Hollywood’s Golden Age as well as recent Oscar winners.
Here’s the full list of free flicks for the week starting June 22nd:
- 12pm: Our Nixon (2013), a documentary culled from Super 8 home movies from three of Pres. Richard Nixon’s top aides: John Erlichman, H. R. Haldeman and Dwight Chapin. A panel discussion including Chapin and moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper will follow the screening at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 2pm: The Rocketeer (1991), based on the comic book about a young stunt pilot who discovers a jet pack in his barn and catches the attention of Howard Hughes, the FBI and the Nazis. Playing at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode at the Black Cat. This week, it’s “Seeing Red”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 8:30pm: Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Stanley Kubrick’s biting Cold War satire starring Peter Sellers as a straitlaced British officer, a bumbling but well-meaning American president, and the titular mad German nuclear scientist. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Dusk: Madagascar (2005), the Dreamworks animated tale starring Ben Stiller as Alex, star lion at the Bronx Zoo, and Chris Rock as Marty the zebra, who longs for the wild, only to find more than he wished for in the African savanna. Part of Movies on the Beach, 8916 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach, Md.
- 2pm: Motorway (2012), a Fast and Furious-style tale for fans of Hong Kong cinema, about a hotshot rookie cop who goes undercover to tackle illegal street racing gangs. Part of the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 2pm: In Search of Beethoven (2009), a documentary about the tortured Romantic composer. Followed at 4:30 by Making War Horse (2012), a behind-the-scenes look at the hit Broadway play in a production at the National Theater. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: 12 Angry Men (1957), the classic courtroom drama that puts viewers inside the jury room as 12 ordinary men weigh life or death for a murder suspect, and come to terms with their own unexpected differences. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 20 minutes after sunset: Hotel Transylvania (2012), the animated feature starring Adam Sandler as Count Dracula, owner and proprietor of a hotel for monsters, a place of peace, relaxation and refuge from scary humans. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor Plaza, National Harbor, Md.
- 6pm: The Philadelphia Story</> (1940), the classic sendup of the newspaper business with Jimmy Stewart, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in a hilarious love triangle. Part of the James Stewart series at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Pin (1988), a creepy tale of a boy who becomes obsessed with his father’s medical dummy named Pinocchio, or Pin for short. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Despicable Me (2010), the animated feature starring Steve Carell as a villain who has to reveal a soft side he never knew he had, when he takes in a group of kids. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival,
- 8:30pm: City Slickers (1991), starting Billy Crystal in a comedy-western about a group of friends from the city who find more than they bargained for when they spend a weekend out in the country. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- After sunset: Crash (2004), the Academy Award-winning drama of lives intersecting after a car accident in Los Angeles. Part of Crystal Screen: Blockbusters, 1851 S. Bell St. Arlington, Va.
- 2pm: Made of Honor (2008), a rom-com starring Patrick Dempsey in the title role as a guy who’s secretly in love with a bride-to-be who asks him to stand with her at her wedding. At the Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: The Hero (2004), a look at the aftermath of Angola’s civil war as seen through the eyes of a veteran who lost a leg in the conflict. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
- 8:30pm: A Place in the Sun (1951), a drama starring Montgomery Clift as a poor man who gets a job working for his rich uncle and falls in love with two women (Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters). Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 12pm: Footsteps in Africa, a look at the daily lives of the nomads of the Sahara. Playing at the African Art Museum, 950 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7pm: The Breakfast Club (1985), John Hughes’ 80s classic about a day in detention for five kids from different walks of life who find they have a lot more in common than they thought they did. Part of NoMa Summer Screen at Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
- 8:30pm: On the Waterfront (1954), starring Marlon Brando as a boxer-turned-longshoreman who tries to be a contender against his corrupt union bosses. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:45pm: The Dark Knight Rises (2012), the final chapter in the Christopher Nolan-directed trilogy, which pits Batman against a merciless masked villain known only as Bane. Part of Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
- 7:30pm: The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941), a screwball comedy starring James Cagney and Bette Davis about a pilot who helps an heiress elope, then bribes her father with the promise that he’ll put the wedding to a stop. Part of the “Another Bride, Another June” series at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Cool Hand Luke (1967), starring Paul Newman in the title role as a rebellious inmate in a Florida prison camp. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Sunset: The Incredible Hulk (2008), starring Edward Norton as the gamma-irradiated scientist with anger-management issues. Part of the “DC vs. Marvel” themed Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movies at Canal Park, 2nd St. and M St. SE.
- 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Doctor Who” episode at the Black Cat. Tonight, it’s “The Unicorn and the Wasp”, from season 4. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7pm: Cold War (2012), an action thriller about a group of elite Hong Kong police officers taken captive and held for ransom. Part of the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7pm: Dazed and Confused (1993), a trippy look at the last day of high school in 1976. Part of Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 8pm: Some Like It Hot (1959), the hilarious farce starring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as a couple of struggling musicians who dress in drag to join an all-girl band, only to fall in love with one of the singers (Marilyn Monroe). Part of the Golden Cinema series at the Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
- 8pm: War Horse (2011). Now that you’ve seen how the stage play was made (see Sunday), check out the Oscar-nominated film adaptation about a valiant horse in World War I. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8pm: Rise of the Guardians (2012), the animated feature that recasts Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman as a team of superheroes committed to defending children’s dreams. Part of Friday Flicks Outdoor Movies at Granville Gude Park and Lakehouse, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel, Md.
- 8:30pm: The Heartbreak Kid (1972), a romantic comedy about a tall Jewish kid who falls in love with a leggy, blonde WASP on his loveless Miami honeymoon. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Around dusk: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, set in a modern-day high school with Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Part of the “Summer School” themed Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.