Reporting Nathan Hager
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - It’s Despicable Me 2 vs. The Lone Ranger in the battle for box office domination this 4th of July holiday weekend.
But movie fans in the DMV are the real winners this week, with a full slate of blockbusters from the place coming to indoor and outdoor screens — plenty of choices for young and old.
Here’s the full list for the week starting July 6th:
- 2pm: An artistic double feature at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium. First, No Subtitles Necessary: Vilmos and László (2008), a documentary about the friendship and careers of Hungarian cinematographers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond. Then at 4pm, Bánk bán
(2002), a film adaptation of a famed opera by Ferenc Erkel. Part of the series “Hungary, Hero and Myth: Immigrant Experience and the Artist’s Eye” at the National Gallery of Art, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.
- 3pm: Bearing Witness (2005), a documentary that chronicles five female journalists in their travels around the world. Playing at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW.
- 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode at the Black Cat. This week, it’s “Two to Go”, from season 6. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 8:30pm: Some Like It Hot (1959), the Billy Wilder-directed screwball classic starting Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as a couple of struggling musicians who dress in drag to join an all-girl band, only to fall head over heels for the band’s singer (Marilyn Monroe). Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 4pm: Children of Glory (2006), a romance centered around the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Part of the series “Hungary, Hero and Myth: Immigrant Experience and the Artist’s Eye” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Saturday Night Fever (1977), the movie that brought disco to the mainstream and made John Travolta a star. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 20 minutes after sunset: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), the Steven Spielberg classic about a boy and his space alien. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor Plaza, National Harbor, Md.
- 6pm: Destry Rides Again (1939), a Western about a tough lawman who doesn’t like guns. Also starring Marlene Dietrich. Part of the James Stewart series at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a stepdad who finds a unique way to connect with his stepson: get swept with him onto a treacherous island out of the mind of Jules Verne. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8pm: The Evil Cat (1986), a Hong Kong film about a soul-possessing feline. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), Michael Moore’s take on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after the September 11th attacks. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- After sunset: The Blind Side (2009), the true story of a in impoverished teenager who’s taken in by a Tennessee family and goes on to become a star linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens. Part of Crystal Screen: Blockbusters, 1851 S. Bell St. Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: Jose Carlos Schwarz: The Voice of the People (2006), a short documentary about the early 70s-era singer from Guinea-Bissau. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
- 7pm: Despicable Me (2010), the animated tale of a villain who finds his soft spot when he takes in a couple of adorable kids. Family Film Night at Sursum Corda’s Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
- 8:30pm: Pal Joey (1957), the definitive Frank Sinatra film with a slew of Rodgers and Hart classics, including “The Lady Is a Tramp.” Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 7pm: Bridesmaids (2011), the gross-out comedy for the ladies starring Kristen Wiig as an out-of-work pastry chef whose insecurities come flying out when she’s asked to help plan her best friend’s wedding. Part of NoMa Summer Screen at Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
- 7pm: Mansfield Park (1999), the latest entry in the Jane Austen Film Festival at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW.
- 8:30pm: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), the Frank Capra classic starring Jimmy Stewart as a naive young man who battled corruption in Washington as a freshman senator. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:45pm: The Hunger Games (2012), the hit movie adaptation of the wildly popular young adult novel about a post-apocalyptic society where children fight to the death in front of a nationwide audience. Part of Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
- 7:30pm: Love (1927), a silent Hollywood rendition of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina starring Greta Garbo. This film is so Hollywood, in fact, that MGM filmed two endings, one happy, one sad. Both will be shown at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Hotel Rwanda (2004), the true story starring Don Cheadle as a man who housed more than a thousand Tutsi refugees during their war with the Hutus in Rwanda. Part of Films at the Stone at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW.
- 8:30pm: Gaslight (1944), the big screen murder mystery that introduced an 18 year old Angela Lansbury to movie audiences. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Sundown: Batman Begins (2005), the first in the Christopher Nolan-directed trilogy about the Caped Crusader. Part of the “DC vs. Marvel Comics” series at Canal Park, 250 M St. SE.
- 2:30pm: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), a biting satire of World War II Britain, newly restored to all its Technicolor glory. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s 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 “Forest of the Dead”, from season 4. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7pm: A Better Tomorrow (1986), the John Woo-directed gangster film that helped make Chow Yun-fat a star. Part of the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7pm: Moneyball (2011), the true story of a man who used math to turn the mediocre Oakland A’s into a championship caliber team. Part of Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: Stella Dallas (1925), the story of a factory worker who marries an executive who’s too high above her in life, then realizes their daughter would have a better life with him after they’ve separated. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: The Philadelphia Story (1940), the final film of the Golden Cinema series at the Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
- 8pm: RED (2010), starring Bruce Willis as a retired assassin who’s pulled back into action with fellow retires Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8:30pm: Brave (2012), the Pixar animated tale of a headstrong Scottish princess who refuses to accept the fate arranged by her equally headstrong mother. Part of Movie Under the Stars at Ashburn Village, 44078 Cheltenham Cir., Ashburn, Va.
- 8:30pm: The Blues Brothers (1980), the comedy classic starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues, on a mission from God to get their band back together. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), the Cold War satire directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers and Peter Sellers. The first film of the DC Drive-In series at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE.
- Around dusk: Pretty in Pink (1986), starring Molly Ringwald in the classic high school love triangle. Part of the “Summer School” themed Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.