Reporting Nathan Hager
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - It’s a battle between undercover agents and little blue creatures at the movies this weekend, with the action thriller 2 Guns and the kiddie sequel Smurfs 2 arriving on the big screen.
And as luck would have it, this week’s slate of free movies in the DMV has options for young and old, too.
This weekend alone offers classic westerns and Elvis musicals for the adults, and animal cartoons and a family-friendly sports comedy for the kids.
Even Screen on the Green is kid-safe this week!
Here’s the full list of free flicks for the week starting Saturday, August 3rd:
- 2:30pm: Ballets Russes (2005). A documentary that follows the famed Parisian ballet troupe from the turn of the 20th century, to its heights during the 1930s and 40s, to its downfall in the 50s and 60s. At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 2:30pm: A couple of Westerns from the National Film Registry. First, Red River (1948) features Montgomery Clift in his first film butting heads with John Wayne in an epic cattle drive. Then at 7:30, Shane (1953), the Oscar winning drama about a former gunfighter who helps defend a town from a cattle baron who wants their land. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 6pm: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012). Everyone’s favorite escaped Central Park Zoo animals join a traveling circus in France. The first film in Starlight Cinema. 5875 Trinity Parkway, Centreville, Va.
- 8:30pm: Gone with the Wind (1939). The epic love story set against the backdrop of postbellum Georgia. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: An Elvis Presley double-feature. Jailhouse Rock (1957) is followed at 10:30 by Viva Las Vegas (1964). Playing at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- 2pm: Mamma Mia! (2008), the movie based on the ABBA-infused Broadway musical. Part of the Summer Fun Sunday matinee series at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 2pm: 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.
- 4:30pm: The Pleasure Garden (1925). An early Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece that follows the romantic lives of two chorus girls. The final film in the “Hitchcock 9″ series at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: The Help (2011). Based on the bestselling novel about a white Southern woman who writes a book from the point of view of her two African-American maids during the Civil Rights era. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). The B-movie classic about a secret alien invasion. Playing at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Sundown: The Mighty Ducks (1992). A self-centered lawyer is sentenced to coach a ragtag youth hockey team as his community service. Part of Movies on the Harbor, National Harbor, Md.
- 6pm: The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). A story of survival after a crash landing in the Sahara. The final film in the “Mr. Stewart Comes to Washington” series at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Paranorman (2012). An animated story about a bullied young boy who sees ghosts. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8:30pm: Garden State (2004). A struggling actor returns to his hometown to attend his mother’s funeral and finds love with a quirky girl. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: Beware of a Holy Whore (1971). The cast and crew of a film fall into booze and drugs while waiting for their director. Playing at the Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Sundown: The Help (2011). If you didn’t to see it with dinner at American City Diner, it’s playing free at Crystal Screen: Blockbusters. 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va.
- Sundown: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), the original film based on the Roald Dahl novel about an eccentric candy maker and the world he’s created in his factory. Playing at Screen on the Green, on the National Mall between 7th and 14th Sts.
- 7pm: Girl Model (2011). A documentary about the complexities and harsh realities of the modeling industry, as seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old Siberian girl who’s trying to navigate them. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
- 7pm: Happy Feet (2006), the animated story of a free-spirited Emperor penguin who can’t sing, but he sure can dance. Part of Family Film Night at Sursum Corda, L and 1st Sts. NW.
- 8:30pm: Seven Days in May (1964), a Cold War-era thriller about a military plot to overthrow a president who supports nuclear disarmament with the Russians. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 7pm: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), the classic starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as a pair of bickering outlaws. Part of NoMa Summer Screen, 2nd and L Sts. NE.
- 7:30pm: Pride and Prejudice (2005), the newest adaptation of the classic romance starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet. The last movie in the Jane Austen Film Festival at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW.
- 8:30pm: Free Willy (1993), a story of a boy and his orca. Playing at Town Green, 43055 Center St., South Riding, Va.
- 8:30pm: The Sting (1973), the Depression-era caper starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:45pm: The Avengers (2012), the movie that put Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and Captain America on the same team. Part of Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
- 9pm: a double-feature of raunchy buddy comedies: Wedding Crashers (2005), followed at 10:30 by Used Cars (1980). Playing at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- 6:30pm: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), the recent prequel to the classic story of Dorothy and the Yellow Brick Road. Part of Blockbuster Thursdays at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 7:30pm: Emperor Jones (1933), starring Paul Robeson in his first talkie as an escapee from a chain gang who becomes king of a Caribbean island. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Cry Freedom (1987), a true story starring Denzel Washington as a jailed South African activist and Kevin Kline as a journalist who investigates his death in custody. Part of Films at the Stone at the Martin Luther King, Junior, Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW.
- 8:30pm: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). It’s Christmas in August when this movie plays at American City Diner. Free with dinner purchase. 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: The Exorcist (1973), the horror classic starring Linda Blair as a demon-possessed young girl in Georgetown. Playing at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Sundown: The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The final film in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy plays at the “DC vs. Marvel” themed Canal Park Thursday Movies at Capitol Riverfront, 250 M St. SE.
- 7pm: Rain Man (1988), the Oscar winner starring Dustin Hoffman as an autistic savant and Tom Cruise as the brother who reluctantly takes care of him. Part of Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: Paths to Paradise (1925), a rollicking silent comedy about a couple of dueling jewel thieves who form an unlikely alliance. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 7:30pm: 36 (2012), an innovative movie shot in 36 separate scenes, the same number of exposures on a roll of film, about a movie director who loses his camera and sets out to recapture the memories stored within. The first film in the series “Seen and Not Seen: Thai Cinema Today” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th St. and Jefferson Dr. SW.
- 8pm: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), the first film in the upcoming trilogy about Bilbo Baggins. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8pm: Finding Nemo (2003), the Pixar instant classic about an overprotective clown fish who loses his son. Part of Movies Under the Stars at the David R. Pinn Community Center, 10255 Zion Dr., Fairfax, Va.
- 8:15pm: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). If you missed it at Screen on the Green, see it tonight at Movies Under the Stars at Ashburn Village, 44078 Cheltenham Cir., Ashburn, Va.
- 8:30pm: Blazing Saddles (1974). Mel Brooks’s legendary Western spoof about a sheriff who shakes up a podunk town, just for being black. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: a double-feature of high-octane road classics. First, Thunder Road (1958), then at 10:30, Smokey and the Bandit (1977). Playing at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Dusk: Sixteen Candles (1984), the John Hughes comedy starring Molly Ringwald suffering the worst Sweet 16 ever. Part of the “Summer School” themed Outdoor Film Festival in Rosslyn’s Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
- Dusk: Madagascar 3 (2012). If you missed it on Saturday in Centreville, it’s playing in Laurel at Friday Flicks Outdoor Movies. Granville Gude Park and Lakehouse, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel, Md.