Reporting Nathan Hager
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The reviews for the latest blockbuster wannabe to hit the big screen this weekend, Pacific Rim, are a little hit or miss. But not to worry.
Outdoor summer movie festivals are well under way in the DC area, and this weekend the museums are getting in on the free movie action.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is screening three recent blockbusters this weekend, and that’s just the start of a full slate of hit films coming to indoor and outdoor screens this week.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, July 13th:
- 1pm: The final two films in the Matrix trilogy kick off a weekend classic film festival at the National Museum of American History’s Warner Bros. Theater. After a brief lecture, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) plays at 2pm, followed by The Matrix Revolutions (2003) at 7pm. 1400 Constitution Ave. NW.
- 2pm: Beethoven (1992), a delightful kids movie about a Saint Bernard puppy who grows up to be just a little too much for one family to handle. Playing at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 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 “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode at the Black Cat. This week, it’s “Grave”, the season 6 finale. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7:30pm: Beau Travail (1999), a French film loosely based on Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, about an ex-Foreign Legion officer recalling his days commanding troops in Djibouti. Playing at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the film that introduced the world to Indiana Jones as he tries to stay one step ahead of the Nazis in a quest for the ancient Ark of the Covenant. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 1pm: V for Vendetta (2006), starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving behind the Guy Fawkes mask. Part of the Classic Film Festival at the National Museum of American History’s Warner Bros. Theater, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW.
- 2pm: 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.
- 4pm: A silent double-feature with ties to Alfred Hitchcock: The First Born (1928), co-written by Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville, followed by Easy Virtue (1927), a Hitchcock-directed piece loosely based on a Noël Coward play about a woman who escapes accusations of infidelity in England and finds new love in the French Riviera. Part of the series “The Hitchcock 9″ at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Chariots of Fire (1981), the Academy Award winning drama about runners overcoming prejudice in the 1924 Olympic Games. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- After sunset: Ghostbusters (1984), the hit comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as fired university scientists who get back on their feet as ghost hunters for hire in seamy New York City. Part of the Lake Anne Plaza Summer Film Festival, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Va.
- 20 minutes after sunset: Back to the Future (1985), the time travel classic starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and a lightning-powered DeLorean. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor Plaza, National Harbor, Md.
- 6pm: Rope (1948), Alfred Hitchcock’s classic exercise in slow editing starring Jimmy Stewart at a dinner party that he rightly suspects is more suspicious than it appears. Part of the series “Mr. Stewart Comes to Washington” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Return of the Alien’s Deadly Spawn (1983), a truly B-grade movie about teens fighting for their lives after they happen upon a meteor with a flesh-eating alien inside. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: The Lorax (2012), the computer-generated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s classic story of a peculiar old gnome who speaks for the trees in a world where they’re almost all gone. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8:30pm: Crossing Delancey (1988), starring Amy Irving as a Manhattan single who finds love through her Jewish grandmother’s matchmaker. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- After sunset: Moneyball (2011), the true story starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager who uses sabremetrics to turn an otherwise mediocre Oakland A’s team into a pennant contender. Part of Crystal Screen: Blockbusters, 1851 S. Bell St. Arlington, Va.
- 6:30pm: Lincoln (2012), the Oscar winner starring Daniel Day-Lewis as America’s 16th president, agonizing over emancipation. Part of a Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the American Civil War at the Black Rock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, Md.
- 7pm: Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2006), a PBS documentary about 12 men who left South Africa in the 1960s to expose the horrors of apartheid to the world. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
- 8:30pm: A Face in the Crowd (1957), starring Andy Griffith as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, a drunken hobo who becomes drunk with fame after being plucked from jail to sing on a radio show. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 7pm: Moonrise Kingdom (2012), the latest Wes Anderson film, about a couple of precocious young lovers who make a pact to run away together at summer camp. Part of NoMa Summer Screen at Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
- 7pm: The Nine Lives of Marion Barry (2010), the HBO documentary about DC’s Mayor for Life, now showing on the big screen as part of the U Street Movie Series at Harrison Field, V St. between 13th and 14th St.
- 7pm: St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), the Brat Pack drama about a group of Georgetown grads adjusting to adulthood. Part of the Summer Drive-In Movie Series at Family Meal, 800 N. East St., Frederick, Md.
- 8pm: Dazed and Confused (1993), a trippy look at the last day of high school in 1976. Part of Wet Hot Wednesdays at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW.
- 8:30pm: A Patch of Blue (1956), starring Sidney Poitier as a man who helps a blind woman (Shelley Winters) escape her abusive home life. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:45pm: Men in Black 3 (2012), the latest installment in the MIB franchise, this time following Agent J (Will Smith) as he goes back in time to 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating Agent K (Josh Brolin). Part of Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
- 7:30pm: Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), starring Paul Newman as troubled but talented boxer Rocky Graziano. Playing at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Mildred Pierce (1945), starring Joan Crawford as the fiercely independent title character. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Sunset: Thor (2011), the hit movie adaptation of the Marvel Comics demigod. 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 “Midnight”, from season 4. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7pm: A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), a Hong Kong comedy fantasy that kicked off a spate of ghost movies overseas. Part of the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7pm: Distinguished Gentleman (1992), starring Eddie Murphy as a con man who just happens to share the name of a recently deceased congressman, and uses that coincidence to pass himself off as a member of the House. Part of Union Market DC Drive-In, 1309 5th St. NE.
- 7pm: Skyfall (2012), the latest installment in the James Bond series starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007 in perhaps his toughest, most personal fight yet, against a fellow agent with a License to Kill (Javier Bardem). The first movie in the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival at Alexandria’s Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St.
- 7pm: For Love of the Game (1999), starring Kevin Costner as a washed-up pitcher recalling his glory days. Part of Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: Pride and Prejudice (1940), an early adaptation of the Jane Austen classic starring Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy. Playing at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: Casablanca (1942), the Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman classic that sparked a hill of beans’ worth of one-liners. Part of the Golden Cinema series at the Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), starring James Franco in the backstory behind L. Frank Baum’s “wonderful wizard.” Part of Movies Under the Stars at Pinn Community Center, 10255 Zion Drive, Fairfax, Va.
- 8pm: Wreck-It Ralph (2012), the computer-generated Disney hit starring John C. Reilly as a arcade game bad guy who just wants to be good. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8:30pm: King Kong (1933), the legendary love story between a damsel in distress (Fay Wray) and a super-sized ape. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- Around dusk: She’s All That (1999), the high school comedy starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., as a jock who takes a bet that he can turn an ugly duckling (Rachael Lee Cook) into a prom queen. Part of the “Summer School” themed Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.