Reporting Nathan Hager
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — There aren’t many blockbusters battling for your attention this weekend.
But it’s not The World’s End.
With more kids headed back to school next week, there are plenty of family-friendly movies you can take them to see for free this weekend.
And there’s an eclectic list of old and newer classics throughout the week — even a documentary on Tuesday tied to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Here’s the full list of free flicks for the week starting Saturday, August 24th:
- 2:30pm: Ballet 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. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 6pm: Rise of the Guardians (2012). Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny: they’re real, and they’re superheroes. The final film in Starlight Cinema, 5875 Trinity Parkway, Centreville, Va.
- 7pm: The Lesser Blessed (2012). A Native American coming-of-age story starring Benjamin Bratt. Playing at the American Indian Museum’s Rasmuson Theater, 3rd St. and Independence Ave., SW.
- 7pm: The Muppet Movie (1979). The big screen debut of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. Part of Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
- 7:30pm: a “Summer Camp” double-feature. Cry Baby (1990) and Johnny Dangerously (1984). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: Skyfall (2012). James Bond meets his most vicious enemy: a former 00 agent with a score to settle with M. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8:30pm: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). The classic story of morality and justice in the deep South. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: a musical double-feature. The Sound of Music (1965) and Beach Party (1963) with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. Playing at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Dusk: Notorious (1946). The Alfred Hitchcock noir starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman as a spy infiltrating a group of Nazis in South America. Playing at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
- 4:30pm: Hors Satan (2011). An unsettling French film about a nameless stranger and his relationship with an abused woman. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 7:30pm: The Incredibles (2004). Pixar’s tale of a family of superheroes. Part of the Best of Summer Movie Series at Palisades Park, 5200 Sherier Pl. NW.
- 8pm: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). Wes Anderson’s stop-motion adaptation of the Roald Dahl tale, with George Clooney as the fantastic title character. Part of Sunday Night Cinema at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 8:30pm: Driving Miss Daisy (1989). The prize-winning story about the evolving friendship between an elderly Southern woman and her African-American chauffeur. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: a 1950s sci-fi double-feature. The Fly (1958) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Playing at Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Dusk: Thunderstruck (2012). Starring Prince George’s County’s own Kevin Durant as himself in a Freaky Friday scenario: he switches bodies with his biggest fan. Part of Movies on the Potomac, National Harbor, Md.
- 6pm: Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown (1997). A love story between Queen Victoria and her Scottish servant. Part of the series “Fiction Lover’s Film Companion” at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.
- 8pm: Star Slammer: The Escape (1986). A Women in Prison movie set in outer space. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: As Good As It Gets (1997). A single mother working as a waitress forms an unlikely friendship with a grouchy author. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: an action-packed double-feature. Run Lola Run (1998), the funky German thriller with three different endings, and Grizzly Man (2005), a documentary about the late bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell. Playing at the Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Sundown: Jurassic Park (1993), Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking tale of dinosaurs come to life. The final film in Crystal Screen: Blockbusters. 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va.
- 2pm: My Fair Lady (1964). A professor turns an uncultured young peasant into a sophisticated woman. Playing at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 6pm: A Dry White Season (1989). Apartheid hits close to home for a white schoolteacher. Part of the August Film Series at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW.
- 7pm: A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom (1996). The story of the man who organized the 1963 March on Washington. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
- 8:30pm: The Maltese Falcon (1941). The legendary film noir with Humphrey Bogart as private eye Sam Spade. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 6:30pm: The Big Sleep (1946). The great Bogey and Bacall film noir is the latest Retro Movie Night at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: National Treasure (2004). Who knew there was a map behind the Declaration of Independence? Nicolas Cage does. The final Movie Night at Town Green, 43055 Center St., South Riding, Va.
- 8:30pm: The Verdict (1982). A disgraced lawyer takes a malpractice case to trial. Starring Paul Newman. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: Cocktail (1988). Starring Tom Cruise as a talented bartender. The latest Outdoor Movie Night at Family Meal, 880 N. East St., Frederick, Md.
- 9pm: a comedy double-feature. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and David Spade’s cult comedy Joe Dirt (2001). Playing at the Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- 6:30pm: Moonrise Kingdom (2012). Wes Anderson’s characteristically quirky story of forbidden teenage love. Playing at the Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
- 7:30pm: Hudson Hawk (1991). Bruce Willis plays a cat burglar. Maybe it’s not as bad as it seemed at the time. Part of the “Summer Camp” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: a double-feature of Buster Keaton films. One Week (1920) and The Goat (1921). Part of the “Silent Movies in the Garden” series at Southeast Library, 403 7th St. SE.
- 8:30pm: Rocky (1976). Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar-winning story of the ultimate boxing underdog. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: a double-feature of movies set in DC, or close to it. Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977) and Donnie Darko (2001), which is set in Accomack County, Virginia. Playing at the Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- 7pm: Good Will Hunting (1977). Starring Matt Damon as a genius who works as a janitor. Part of Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 8pm: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). The super-soldier’s origin story. Part of the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8:30pm: The Graduate (1967). A naive young man is seduced by a married older woman, Mrs. Robinson. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 9pm: an action double-feature. Bullitt and The Gumball Rally (1976). Playing at the Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE.
- Dusk: Grease (1978). The hit musical about a blast of summer lovin’ with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The final movie in the “Summer School” themed Outdoor Film Festival in Rosslyn’s Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.