Reporting Nathan Hager
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Another big budget comic book movie arrives on the big screen this weekend. Hugh Jackman is back as The Wolverine!
But if you’re too cheap to see superheroes for full price at the multiplex, how about checking out the action stars on outdoor movie screens for free this week?
Pixar’s The Incredibles come to South Riding on Monday, and The Avengers jump from the pages of Marvel Comics to the big screen near Nationals Park on Thursday.
Also, the Bethesda Outdoor Film Festival ends this weekend, but a new series of classic Westerns straight from the archives of the National Film Registry begins this week at the Library of Congress’s state-of-the-art theater in Culpeper.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, July 27th:
- 10am: Cartoon shorts from the 1940s and 50s, the kind that used to play before feature films, return to the big screen at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus theater. Includes Mr. Magoo in “Trouble Indemnity,” Daffy Duck in “Duck Amuck” and Tom and Jerry in “Fit to Be Tied.” 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 2pm: The Lodger (1926), Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary silent feature about a possible serial killer under a London landlady’s nose. Part of the series “The Hitchcock 9″ at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 4:30pm: The Dancing Soul of the Walking People (1980), an avant-garde film set under the boardwalk at Coney Island. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode at the Black Cat. This week, it’s “Beneath You” from season 7. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 8:30pm: Witness for the Prosecution (1957), starring Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich in an Agatha Christie tale about a barrister who takes on a murder trial in his first case after suffering a heart attack. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: Life of Pi (2012), the Oscar winning story of a young man stuck on a small boat, his lone companion a Bengal tiger. The final film of Bethesda Outdoor Movies at Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk Ave. and Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md.
- 2pm: Viva Erotica (1996), a comedy with serious undertones about a struggling director who agrees to make porn, paid for by a gangster, to stay afloat. Part of the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 4:30pm: a collection of experimental shorts by such artists as Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, Ken Jacobs and Beryl Sokoloff will play at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: From Here to Eternity (1953), the classic tale of forbidden love before Pearl Harbor starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 20 minutes after sunset: The Goonies (1985). Hey, you guys! The great 80s movie about an improbable treasure hunt in the suburbs plays tonight at Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor Plaza, National Harbor, Md.
- 6pm: Anatomy of a Murder (1959), the Otto Preminger drama starring Jimmy Stewart as a small-town lawyer defending an Army lieutenant who murdered a man he says raped his wife. Part of the series “Mr. Stewart Comes to Washington” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Super Badass (1999), a B-movie about a drug-addled bounty hunter. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Monsters, Inc. (2001), the Pixar classic that proved there really are monsters in the closet, scaring kids to power their world. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8:30pm: Black Widow (1954), a film-noir about a Broadway producer suspected of murdering a would-be starlet. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: The Incredibles (2004), the Pixar flick about a family of superheroes. Part of Movie Night at South Riding Center, 42420 Unicorn Dr., South Riding, Va.
- After sunset: Norma Rae (1979), the movie that won Sally Field an Academy Award for her portrayal of a young woman who decides to help unionize her small-town cotton mill. Part of Screen on the Green on the National Mall between 7th St. and 12th St.
- After sunset: Forrest Gump (1994), the Oscar winning movie starring Tom Hanks as a pure-hearted man with a low I.Q. who finds his way into just about every major historical event in the late 20th century. Part of Crystal Screen: Blockbusters, 1851 S. Bell St. Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: What’s on Your Plate? (2009), a documentary that follows two African-American kids as they explore their place in the food chain. A $10 donation is requested to benefit BloomBars, 3222 11st St. NW. RSVP here.
- 8:30pm: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), the noir classic about a murder plot, and the complications that come after the deed is done. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 7pm: The Hunger Games (2012), the movie adaptation of the young adult novel about a dystopian future where kids are forced to battle to the death. Part of NoMa Summer Screen at Loree Grand Field, 2nd St. and L St. NE.
- 7pm: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), the cult classic comedy about a couple of slackers who travel through time so they can pass their history test. Part of the Summer Drive-In Movie Series at Family Meal, 880 N. East St., Frederick, Md.
- 8pm: Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991), the comedy starring Christina Applegate as a teen who finagles her way into a job so she can support her family after their elderly sitter kicks the bucket. Part of Wet Hot Wednesdays at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW.
- 8:30pm: The Hustler (1961), the pool shark classic starring Paul Newman. Free with dinner purchase at the American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:45pm: Big (1988), starring Tom Hanks as a 12 year old boy whose wish to grow up comes true overnight. Part of Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
- 2:30pm: A series of classic Westerns from the National Film Registry begins wihth a double feature at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus. First, Hell’s Hinges (1916), a morality tale about a rough character who changes his ways when he falls for a parson’s sister. Then at 7:30pm, The Big Trail (1930), starring John Wayne as the leader of a wagon train headed out west from the Mississippi River. 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- Sunset: The Avengers (2012), the blockbuster that put Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor in the same movie. Part of the “DC vs. Marvel” themed Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movies at Canal Park, 2nd St. and M St. SE.
- 2:30pm: Two more classic Westerns from the National Film Registry. First, Stagecoach (1939), John Ford’s Academy Award-winning feature that helped to make John Wayne a star. That’s followed at 7:30 by My Darling Clementine (1946), starring Henry Fonda as legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 7pm: The weekly screening of a “Doctor Who” episode at the Black Cat. Tonight, it’s “The Stolen Earth”, from season 4. 1811 14th St. NW.
- 7pm: Days of Being Wild (1991), starring Leslie Cheung as a woman whose life is thrown into turmoil when she learns the ex-prostitute who raised her is not her real mother. The final film in the 18th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 7pm: No Way Out (1987), a thriller starring Kevin Costner as a Navy officer assigned to investigate the murder of his lover, who was also having an affair with the Secretary of Defense. The final film at Union Market DC Drive-In, 1309 5th St. NE.
- 7pm: Meet Joe Black (1998), the movie that imagines the Grim Reaper in the guise of Brad Pitt. Part of Films at the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 8pm: Star Trek (2009), J.J. Abrams’s reboot of the sci-fi franchise with a younger Captain Kirk and Mister Spock. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8pm: The Sandlot (1993). The baseball-themed coming-of-age story will play as part of Movies Under the Stars at Pinn Community Center, 10255 Zion Dr., Fairfax, Va.
- 8:30pm: Brave (2012), Pixar’s story of a headstrong Scottish princess, plays in Movies Under the Stars at Ashburn Village, 44078 Cheltenham Cir., Ashburn, Va.
- Around dusk: Can’t Hardly Wait (1998), with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Seth Green in an ensemble cast playing high school seniors on graduation night. Part of the “Summer School” themed Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.