Reporting Nathan Hager
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Between Elysium for the adults, Planes for the kids, and We’re the Millers for the adults who act like kids, there’s plenty of competition at this weekend’s box office.
But if you’d rather just avoid that altogether, there plenty to see on the free movie screens this week.
“Screen on the Green” wraps up on the National Mall this Monday night, but some other things are just getting started, including a new “Summer Camp” series at the Library of Congress theater in Culpeper, and the latest outdoor film festival for NIH charities begins this Friday night in Rockville.
Here’s the full list of free flicks for the week starting Saturday, August 10th:
- 2pm: Roman Holiday (1953). The romantic comedy classic starring Audrey Hepburn as a bored princess and Gregory Peck as an American newsman she falls for. Part of the Black and White Classics Film Series at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
- 4pm: Scheherazade (1928). Part of “Russian Cinema in Exile in the Ballets Russes Era” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 6pm: Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). The latest adventure of Manny the woolly mammoth and Diego the saber-toothed tiger. Part of Starlight Cinema, 5875 Trinity Parkway, Centreville, Va.
- 7:30pm: Meatballs (1979). The Bill Murray comedy about a wacky summer camp kicks off a new “Summer Camp” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: The Searchers (1956). The epic Western starring John Wayne as a Civil War veteran on the lookout for his niece, taken by a gang of Indians. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: a musical double-feature of Grease (1978) and Jailhouse Rock (1957). Playing at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- 1pm: a double-feature of new Thai films. Tang Wong (2013) is the story of four Bangkok teens from different walks of life who make an unlikely pact at a street shrine. Then at 3pm, Mekong Hotel (2012), a quasi-documentary about a movie rehearsal for a film about a dark mother-daughter relationship. Part of the series “Seen and Not Seen: Thai Cinema Today” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave. SW.
- 2pm: Enchanted (2007). A fairy-tale peasant just wants her happily ever after, but an evil queen casts her into a horrible place: the real world. Part of the Summer Fun Sunday matinee series at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 4pm: Le Lion des Mogols (1924). Part of “Russian Cinema in Exile in the Ballets Russes Era” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 7:30pm: Brave (2012). A headstrong Scottish princess tries to chart her own path, to her overprotective mother’s dismay. Part of the Best of Summer Movies Series in Georgetown, 26th and P Sts. NW.
- 8pm: Some Like It Hot (1959). A couple of desperate musicians dress in drag and sneak into an all-girl band, only to fall head over heels for the singer (Marilyn Monroe). Part of the Summer Film Festival at Lake Anne Plaza, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Va.
- 8:30pm: Sleepless in Seattle (1993). A woman falls in love with a widower she only knows through the radio airwaves. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: Forbidden Planet (1956). A starship crew finds only two survivors left on a remote planet outpost. The latest 50s Drive-In Sci-Fi movie at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Sundown: Little Big League (1994). A 12 year old inherits a major league baseball team. Part of Movies on the Potomac, National Harbor, Md.
- 1pm: Grizzly Man (2005). A documentary about the late bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell. The final film in the Documentary Film Series at Southeast Library, 403 7th St. SE.
- 2pm: Game Change (2012). The HBO film based on the best-selling book about the 2012 presidential campaign, with particular emphasis on the GOP running mate, Sarah Palin. Playing at the Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
- 6pm: Lost in Yonkers (1993). Based on the Neil Simon play about two brothers sent to visit their grandmother and childlike aunt in the summer of 1942. Part of the Books on Film series at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library,
- 8pm: Matilda (1996). A girl genius deals with her overbearing parents and principal. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8pm: Cannibal! The Musical (1993). The first movie by the creators of South Park, it is, yes, a musical about a cannibal. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975). The Oscar winner starring Jack Nicholson as a rebellious mental patient. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). The backstory behind the wonderful wizard. Playing at the South Riding Center Stage, 42420 Unicorn Dr., South Riding, Va.
- 9pm: I Only Want You to Love Me (1976). The struggles of a working class man in Munich. Part of “Angstfest” at the Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Sundown: Jaws (1975). Just in time for Shark Week, the movie that made just about everyone question the idea of a good swim is playing at Crystal Screen: Blockbusters. 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va.
- Sundown: Tootsie (1982). The Oscar winner starring Dustin Hoffman as a struggling actor who gets his big break when he passes himself off as an actress. The final film at Screen on the Green, on the National Mall between 7th and 12th Sts.
- 2pm: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). The Stephen Sondheim musical with Buster Keaton in his final film role. Playing at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 6pm: Out of Africa (1985). The best picture winner starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep as lovers in colonial Kenya Part of the August Film Series at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW.
- 7pm: The Two Faces of War (2007). A documentary about Guinea-Bissau’s civil war. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
- 8:30pm: Gentleman’s Agreement (1947). A reporter (Gregory Peck) goes undercover to expose anti-Semitism in New York City. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 6pm: Cairo 678 (2010). A searing drama about sexual violence against women in Egypt. Part of the Global Lens Film Series at Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW.
- 6:30pm: the monthly Alfred Hitchcock film series continues at the Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
- 7pm: Truck Farm (2011). A documentary about a man who started a farm in the back of his pickup truck. Playing at Arlington’s Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). The classic that had millions of teens wishing it was that easy to cut class. Part of NoMa Summer Screen, 2nd and L Sts. NE.
- 7pm: The NeverEnding Story (1984). A young boy becomes so absorbed in a leather-bound fantasy, only his imagination can keep the story alive. Part of Outdoor Movie Night at Family Meal, 880 N. East St., Frederick, Md.
- 8:30pm: Derailed (2005). A thriller starring Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston in a dangerous affair. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:45pm: Les Miserables (2012). The big budget adaptation of the legendary Broadway musical. Part of Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
- 9pm: a raunchy double-feature. Animal House (1978) and Wedding Crashers (2005). Part of “Comedy Nite” at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- 4pm: Movie matinee for kids at the Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
- 6pm: Argo (2012). The Best Picture winner based on the true story of CIA agents posing as Hollywood moviemakers during the Iran hostage crisis. Playing at the Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
- 6:30pm: Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights (2012). An elderly man finds purpose in his life with a singular quest: to turn off the lights in his neighborhood in the daytime. Part of the Global Lens Film Series at Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW.
- 6:30pm: Jack the Giant Slayer (2013). The action-packed retelling of the beanstalk fable. Part of Blockbuster Thursdays at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 6:30pm: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). A young boy befriends an alien stranded on Earth. Part of 3rd Thursdays at Penrose Square, 2501 9th Rd. S., Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: Wreck-It Ralph (2012). An arcade bad guy wants to be good. Playing at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
- 7:30pm: Marjorie Morningstar (1958). A young Jewish girl struggles to become an artist in New York City. Part of the “Summer Camp” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Rain Man (1988). A self-centered man reluctantly takes care of his older, autistic brother. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: a DC-based double-feature. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and The Exorcist (1973). Playing at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Sundown: The Green Lantern (2011), starring Ryan Reynolds as a test pilot who gains amazing powers from a cosmic ring. The final film in the DC vs. Marvel themed Canal Park Thursday Movies, 250 M St. SE.
- 7pm: Dead Poets Society (1989), starring Robin Williams as an unconventional and inspiring teacher at a strict boarding school for boys. Part of Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: a science-fiction double-feature. The Japanese B-movie Space Amoeba (1970) and William Shatner in Kingdom of the Spiders (1977). Part of the “Summer Camp” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: Les Miserables (2012). If you missed it Wednesday in Rockville, you can see it at the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8:30pm: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). If you missed it in Loudoun on Monday, see it in Montgomery County. It’s the first film in the 17th annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival for NIH Charities, at the Montgomery County Board of Education, 850 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, Md.
- 8:30pm: An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), starring Richard Gere in a love story set at Navy flight school. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: a road movie double-feature. The Gumball Rally (1976) and Thunder Road (1058). Playing at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Dusk: High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2006). The teens from East High stage one more musical for senior year. Part of the “Summer School” themed Outdoor Film Festival in Rosslyn’s Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.