Box Office Snoozefest Brings Great Chance to Catch Up on What You Missed
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The pickings are pretty slim, when it comes to new movies this weekend. The Family with Robert DeNiro isn’t exactly family-friendly, and the reviews for Insidious: Chapter 2 make the horror sequel sound insufferable.
But you’ve always got options for free movies to see around the DMV.
This week, you can even see some recent movies you may have missed, including World War Z at DC’s Martin Luther King Library this Tuesday, and the documentary The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan at the U St. summer movie festival.
There’s also a special treat at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring as it celebrates its 75th anniversary this Sunday.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, Sept. 14th:
- 1pm: Searching for Sugar Man (2012). The Academy Award winning documentary with two South Africans investigating the whereabouts of their 1970s musical hero, Rodriguez. A matinee at the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
- 2pm: The Indian in the Cupboard (1995). Based on the beloved children’s novel about a toy come to life. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 2pm: The Fantastic World Of Juan Orol (2012). A tribute to Spain’s answer to 50s B-movie master Ed Wood. Part of the Global Lens film series at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW.
- 2pm: a double-feature from Czech director Jirí Menzel. Closely Watched Trains (1966) and Larks on a String (1969). Menzel will also make an appearance during the screenings at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012). Everyone’s favorite escaped Central Park Zoo animals join a traveling circus in France. The final film in the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival, 10275 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
- 8pm: Top Gun (1986). Tom Cruise plays a hot shot fighter pilot brought down to earth by a beautiful instructor. Playing at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
- 8:30pm: Marty (1955). A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher find an unlikely love. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 2pm: Four Daughters (1938). Claude Rains stars as the father of four grown daughters with widely different personalities, but a shared love of music. This was the first movie ever screened at the Silver Theater in Silver Spring. Now, 75 years to the day of the movie house’s grand opening, it’s getting a free screening, complete with cartoon and vintage newsreel from the UCLA Film and Television Archive. At the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
- 2pm: Hairspray (2007). The movie remake of the Broadway musical based on the John Waters movie about racial integration on a 1960s music TV show. Part of the Movie Musical series at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 4pm: Glory (1989). Based on the true story of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the all-black Union regiment in the Civil War. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: The Breakfast Club (1985). A group of teens who couldn’t be farther apart on the high school pecking order find out how much they have in common during a day in detention. Part of Sunday Night Cinema at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 8:30pm: Dark Passage (1947). A Bogart/Bacall classic about a man who escapes prison and struggles to clear his name for the murder of his wife. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 4pm: the Teen Movie series continues at the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
- 6pm: Blade Runner (1982). The futuristic film noir that asks whether androids can feel. Part of the “Fantasy Flicks” series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.
- 8pm: Blood Song (1982). An escaped mental patient goes on a murder spree targeting a girl who carries his blood. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: High Sierra (1941). A veteran thief (Humphrey Bogart) helps a group of newbies carry out a heist at a California resort. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 2pm: Dark Passage (1947). If you didn’t want to pay for dinner at American City Diner for the screening on Sunday, you can see this Bogey and Bacall noir at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va. But we’re pretty sure no outside food or drink is allowed.
- 6pm: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1993). Based on the Tom Stoppard play that gave top billing to the comc relief from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Part of the September Film Series “Stoppard on Screen” at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW.
- 6pm: World War Z (2013). The hit zombie apocalypse thriller with Brad Pitt. Part of the “Popular Movie” series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.
- 7pm: Hollow City (2004). The story of a young boy caught in the bitter political situation in Angola. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
- 8:30pm: One Eyed Jacks (1961). Starring Marlon Brando as a bank robber who takes revenge on the accomplice who left him for dead, and became a sheriff in California. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 6pm: Beijing Flickers (2012). As a New York Times review put it, “a deadpan gaze at the down and out in China.” Part of the “Global Lens” film series at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE.
- 6:30pm: Modest Reception (2012). An Iranian couple hands out bags of cash to poor villagers in exchange for strange tasks. Part of the “Global Lens” film series at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
- 7pm: The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan (2013). A documentary about DC’s graffiti legend. The final film in the U Street Movie Series at Harrison Recreation Center, V St. between 13th and 14th, NW.
- 8:30pm: The Getaway (1972). The Sam Peckinpah-directed heist thriller starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 1pm: an International Talk Like a Pirate Day double-feature: The Sea Hawk (1940) with Errol Flynn and The Black Swan (1942) with Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara. At the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 6pm: Life Is Beautiful (1997). A Jewish man uses humor to hide the Nazi Holocaust from his young son. Playing at the Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
- 6pm: Daddy’s Little Girls (2007). A down on his luck mechanic (Idris Elba) gets help from a beautiful attorney (Gabrielle Union) to try to gain custody of his three daughters. Part of the Tyler Perry Film Series at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW.
- 6:30pm: Toy Story (1995). The Pixar favorite about toys come to life. The final 3rd Thursdays film at Penrose Square, 2501 9th Rd. S., Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: Anime Club meets at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
- 7:30pm: High School Confidential! (1958). A gritty-for-the-time look at the teen drug scene in the beatnik 50s. Part of the “Back to School” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Soulless aliens replace the townsfolk in this B-movie classic. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 2pm: Emma (1996). Starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Jane Austen’s signature matchmaker. Part of the Jane Austen film series at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE.
- 7pm: A Page of Madness (1926). A man works as a janitor at an asylum to be close to his insane wife. With a live soundtrack by the MIYUMI Quartet. Part of the series “Pages of Beauty and Madness: Japanese Writers Onscreen” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th St. and Jefferson Dr. SW.
- 7pm: Hotel Transylvania (2012). Count Dracula’s resort for monsters is invaded by something really scary: a human! One item of canned food requested for admission at Greenstreet Gardens, 391 West Bay Front Rd., Lothian, Md.
- 7:30pm: Urgh! A Music War (1981). A New Wave/post-punk documentary featuring, among others, Devo, Joan Jett, Gary Numan, UB40 and The Police. Part of the “I Know It’s Only Rock & Roll” series at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). The semi-biographical tale starring Burt Lancaster as a federal inmate with a thing for feathered friends. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.