WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Since this is the last weekend before the long 4th of July holiday, free movie season is scaling back a bit this week.

But it should come as little surprise that the movies coming soon to museum and outdoor screens near you have a patriotic theme in keeping with the Independence Day holiday.

There’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on Monday, Yankee Doodle Dandy on Thursday and Friday, and the national pastime gets celebrated in Field of Dreams on Friday.

Other big blockbusters of the past that’ll be screening this week include Rise of the Guardians on Sunday, The Goonies and American Beauty on Monday, The Fugitive, Teen Wolf and Life of Pi on Wednesday, and The Amazing Spider-Man and Bring It On on Friday.

Here’s the full list of free flicks for the week starting June 29th:


    • 12pm: The Face of Birth: When the Personal Gets Political (2012), a documentary about the home birth movement: couples who choose to deliver their babies away from a hospital setting and try to make the birthing experience as non-medical as possible. RSVP here to see the film at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW.
    • 12:45pm: Three documentary films will play on the big screen at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium. First, Leonardo Live (2011), a simulcast of the opening of a huge Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the National Gallery, London, that aired live when the display made its debut. Then at 2:30, Hunky Blues: The American Dream (2009), a look at the wave of Hungarian immigration to the US between 1890 and 1921. The day concludes at 4:30 with Gebo and the Shadow (2012), the most recent drama by acclaimed director Manoel de Oliveira. 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 “Villains”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.
    • 7:30pm: A 1933 double feature at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater. First, The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933), a James Whale-directed drama full of murder, deception and betrayal. Then, Her First Mate (1933), a William Wyler-directed comedy set aboard a ferry boat. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.


  • 8:30pm: When Harry Met Sally (1989), the now-classic romantic comedy starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as friends whose longtime platonic relationship develops into something much more. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.


  • 2pm: 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.
  • 4:30pm: Gebo and the Shadow (2012), a rescreening of the film by director Manoel de Oliveira at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
  • 8:30pm: Nurse Betty (2000), starring Renee Zellweger as a small town waitress who becomes delusional after her husband’s murder and imagines herself as the fiancée of her favorite soap star. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • 20 minutes after sunset: Rise of the Guardians (2012), the animated feature that reimagines Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman as superhero protectors of children’s dreams. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor Plaza, National Harbor, Md.


  • 6pm: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1940), the Frank Capra classic starring Jimmy Stewart as an idealistic young man who becomes a senator and is surprised at all the corruption on Capitol Hill. Part of the James Stewart series at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: The Goonies (1985), the Richard Donner-directed classic about a group of suburban kids who find adventure in their neighborhood after following a pirates’ treasure map. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival,
  • 8:30pm: Back to the Future (1985), starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a skateboarding slacker whose only friend is a mad scientist who builds a time machine out of a DeLorea . Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • After sunset: American Beauty (1999), the dark satire of suburbia starring Kevin Spacey. Part of Crystal Screen: Blockbusters, 1851 S. Bell St. Arlington, Va.


  • 7pm: Eight Times Up (2009), a romantic comedy in French about a couple of neighbors who fail at most everything but just might succeed at love with each other. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
  • 8:30pm: The Producers (1968), the original Mel Brooks classic starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder as a couple of producers who come up with a bizarre plan to create the biggest flop on Broadway. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.


  • 7pm: The Fugitive (1997), starring Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble, a man wrongly accused of murdering his wife who’s pursued by a relentless U.S. Marshal (Tommy Lee Jones). Part of NoMa Summer Screen at Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
  • 8:30pm: Teen Wolf (1985), starring Michael J. Fox as an non-athletic high schooler who becomes a basketball star — and the most popular kid in class — when he becomes a werewolf. Part of the Summer Drive-In Movie series at Family Meal, 880 N. East St., Frederick, Md.
  • 8:30pm: Manhattan (1979), Woody Allen’s ode to his hometown, told through the eyes of a hapless TV writer dealing with the foibles of love. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • 8:45pm: Life of Pi (2012), the Oscar-winning adaptation of the fanciful novel about a boy marooned on a small boat, his only companion a Bengal tiger. Part of Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.


  • 8:30pm: Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), the musical biopic about songwriter George M. Cohan, starring James Cagney in the title role. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.


  • 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Doctor Who” episode at the Black Cat. Tonight, it’s “Silence in the Library”, from season 4. 1811 14th St. NW.
  • 7pm: Field of Dreams (1989), starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who’s led by a mysterious voice to build a baseball diamond in his cornfields, so “they will come.” Part of Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
  • 8pm: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), the most recent cinematic rendering of Peter Parker’s transformation from weakling newspaper photographer to web-slinging wall-crawler. Part of Movies Under the Stars at the Pinn Community Center, 10255 Zion Dr., Fairfax, Va.
  • 8pm: Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). If you missed it at American City Diner, you can see it as part of the Golden Cinema series at the Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
  • 8:30pm: Grease (1978), the movie musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as a greaser and a goofy two shoes who strike up a summer love. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Around dusk: Bring It On (2000), starring Kirsten Dunst as a cheerleader who leads her squad against an inner-city team that stole their moves. Part of the “Summer School” themed Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.

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