Lanham, Md. (CBSDC) — It’s a light calendar of free movies this week, between the government shutdown and Columbus Day weekend.
But every day this week offers a chance to see something for free on the big screen, including a couple of movies starring Matt Damon.
And on a weekend when the biggest movie at the box office may be Tom Hanks’s based-on-a-true-story of Somali pirates hijacking a cargo ship, there’s a movie playing for free this week about Somali pirates hijacking a cargo ship. Who’d have thought?
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, October 12th. Movies marked with asterisks are scheduled to play at libraries and museums that are closed due to the partial government shutdown.
- 2:30pm: Modest Reception (2012). An Iranian couple hands out bags of money to rural villagers, with a catch. Part of the Global Lens film series at Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave., NW.
- 4pm: And the Beggar’s Opera Again (1996). An interweaving of two productions of Havel’s “Beggar’s Opera,” before and after the Czech Republic’s Velvet Revolution. Part of the series “The Play’s the Thing: Václav Havel, Art and Politics” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8:30pm: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). Starring Bette Davis as a troubled child star who torments her crippled sister (Joan Crawford) in their decaying Hollywood mansion. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 2pm: Wings (1927). Winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture, it’s a love story set in front of the backdrop of the World War I air war. Part of the series “The Movies Take to the Air” at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 2pm: Perfect Number (2012). A shy professor plans the perfect alibi for the woman he secretly loves when she murders her abusive ex-husband. Part of the series “Pages of Beauty and Madness: Japanese Writers Onscreen” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SW.
- 4pm: Leaving (2011). A former government official tries to regain his old position. Part of the series “The Play’s the Thing: Václav Havel, Art and Politics” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Heathers (1989). A dark comedy about a dark subject: the popular kids in school. Part of the “Christian Slater Tribute!” at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 8:30pm: L.A. Confidential (1997). A story of murder and corruption in 1950s Los Angeles. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Night of the Demon (1980). The search for Bigfoot leads to more than anyone bargained for. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 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: The Adjustment Bureau (2011). A politician’s chance encounter with a ballerina may have been more than just chance. Playing at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: Versailles (2008). A homeless woman abandons her son, leaving him with a mysterious but compassionate man on the fringes of society. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
- 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.
- 6pm: Cairo 678 (2010). A searing drama about sexual violence against women in Egypt. Part of the Global Lens film series at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
- 7:30pm: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). A farmer fighting for the Confederates is on the run from Union soldiers who murdered his wife. Part of the “Library of Congress Presents” series at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 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.
- 6pm: Madea Goes to Jail (2009). Tyler Perry’s loud-mouthed grandma goes behind the slammer. Part of the Tyler Perry Film Series at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW.
- 6:30pm: Best in Show (2000). Christopher Guest takes his improvisational movie stylings to a Westminstee-style dog show. A Best of Capitol Hill free movie screening at Lincoln Park, NE.
- 7pm: A Hijacking (2012). Somali pirates take over a Danish cargo ship. New Release Cinema at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
- 7pm: Time Out for Rhythm (1941). A maid (and the Three Stooges!) get in the way of a singer’s Broadway dream. A World War II musical at the Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
- 8pm: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013). A documentary about the Russian punk collective’s legal challenges. Playing at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 700 Independence Ave., SW.
- 8:30pm: One Eyed Jacks (1961). A bank robber, escaped from prison, seeks revenge on the partner who left him to be captured. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Good Will Hunting (1997). The smartest kid at MIT is the kid who cleans the floors. Part of the Union Market Drive-In Encore series, 1309 5th St., NE.
- 8:30pm: The Getaway (1972). An ex-con goes on the run with his new bride after a heist goes bad. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.