End of Gov’t Shutdown Means Return of Free Flicks

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A general view during the UK Premiere of 'Life of Pi at Empire Leicester Square on December 3, 2012 in London, England. (credit: Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

A general view during the UK Premiere of ‘Life of Pi at Empire Leicester Square on December 3, 2012 in London, England. (credit: Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

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The end of the government shutdown means a huge sigh of relief for thousands of furloughed federal workers, government contractors, and local businesses that cater to them.

For tourists, and locals looking for a bargain, it also means the return of free movie screenings at the government-funded museums that were shuttered during the 16-day standoff.

And not a moment too soon.

With Halloween just a couple of weeks away, the Library of Congress is beginning a series of spooky movies at its Culpeper theaters.

And now that the fiscal crisis is averted, you can see one of the most aesthetically-pleasing movies about an actual apocalypse at the National Gallery of Art this weekend.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, Oct. 19th.

Saturday:

  • 2pm: Life of Pi (2012). The Oscar-winning adaptation of the fanciful novel about a boy marooned on a small boat, his only companion a Bengal tiger. An Oscar film screening at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
  • 2:30pm: The Island of St. Matthews (2012). A man tries to piece together his family history, swept away in a 1973 flood, in this documentary. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: a spooky double-feature. Hocus Pocus (1993) for the kids, and The Shining(1980) after the kids (hopefully) drift to sleep. A Halloween Film Fest at Rosslyn’s Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
  • 7:30pm: Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). An invalid woman thinks she hears a murder plot against her in a chance phone call. Part of the series “Monsters, Mischief and the Movies” at the Library of Congress Packard 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.

Sunday:

  • 1:30pm: The Avengers (2012). The blockbuster that put Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor in the same movie. Part of the Super Hero Sunday film series at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
  • 2pm: 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 Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave., NE.
  • 2pm: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966). A small-town newspaper worker (Don Knotts) fulfills his dream to be a real reporter by spending a night in a house that may be haunted. Part of the series “Monsters, Mischief and the Movies” at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
  • 2pm: 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007). An anime in three parts that follows one character’s coming of age. Part of the series “Pages of Beauty and Madness: Japanese Writers Onscreen” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SW.
  • 2:30pm: Prince Among Slaves (2008). The real story of a west African prince who’s sold into slavery in the US in 1788. Part of the special documentary series “Muslim Journeys” at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
  • 4pm: a double-feature. L’Age D’Or (1930), one of the first French talkies, targets the repressive sexual mores of that time. It’s followed at 5:30 by Melancholia (2011), Lars Von Trier’s meditative look at one broken family as the world is about to end. Part of the series “Richard Wagner Revisited” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: Young Guns II (1990). Billy the Kid and his crew stay one step ahead of Pat Garrett in this sequel. Part of the “Christian Slater Tribute!” at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
  • 8:30pm: The Philadelphia Story (1940). A love triangle forms among a rich woman, her ex-husband and a tabloid reporter. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Monday:

  • 2pm: The Parade (2011). The struggle to organize a gay pride parade in war torn Serbia. Replays at 6:30pm. Part of the Global Lens film series at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 6pm: About 111 Girls (2012). An Iranian official tries to stop a mass suicide of a huge group of unmarried women. Part of the Global Lens film series at Southeast Library, 403 7th St., SE.
  • 6pm: Labyrinth (1986). A young girl has to rescue her baby brother from the clutches of a goblin king who’s trapped him inside a treacherous maze. A Fantasy Flick at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
  • 6pm: Grand Hotel (1932). A luxury hotel where “nothing ever happens”? Not on your life. Part of the series “Joan Crawford: Hollywood Star” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
  • 8pm: Evil Laugh (1986). Bad things linger inside a house where a murder took place ten years ago. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 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.

Tuesday:

  • 12pm: Kingdom of the Oceans: Giants of the Deep (2013). A National Geographic documentary about the world of blue whales. Part of Tuesdays at Noon at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St., NW.
  • 7pm: Symphony of the Soil (2012). A documentary about the dirt that makes life possible. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
  • 8:30pm: Elmer Gantry (1960). Burt Lancaster plays a con man-turned-street preacher. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Wednesday:

  • 12:30pm: Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture (2007). A documentary about the life of one of America’s most celebrated public artists. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 6:30pm: Rosemary’s Baby (1968). New motherhood can be a devil of a time. Retro Movie Night at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW.
  • 7:30pm: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). A second screening this week, it’s part of the series “Monsters, Mischief and the Movies” at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: Serpico (1973). A true story starring Al Pacino as a whistleblowing New York City cop. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Thursday:

  • 12:30pm: Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master of American Sculpture (2007). A rescreening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 6pm: I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009). A hard-living nightclub singer reluctantly takes in her delinquent nephews. Part of the Tyler Perry Film Series at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW.
  • 7pm: Cairo 678 (2010). Three women face the daily ordeal of sexual harassment in Egypt. Part of the Global Lens film series at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE.
  • 7pm: Anime Club at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
  • 7pm: You’ll Find Out (1940). A big band holds a birthday party in a spooky mansion. A World War II musical at the Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
  • 7:30pm: The Uninvited (1944). A composer and his sister find something sinister in their English seaside villa. Part of the series “Monsters, Mischief and the Movies” at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: Consequence (Gegenwart) (2012). A look at the daily ins and outs of s German crematorium. Playing at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 700 Independence Ave., SW.
  • 8:30pm: Of Human Bondage (1934). The film that made Bette Davis a star, adapted from the W. Somerset Maugham novel. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Friday:

  • 2pm: Islamic Art Spots. Seven short films about Muslim art. Part of the special documentary series “Muslim Journeys” at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
  • 3pm: The Raven (1963). Starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff as rival sorcerers. Part of the Vincent Price film series at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
  • 7:30pm: Fright Night (1985). No one believes a teen who says his next-door neighbor is a vampire. Part of the series “Monsters, Mischief and the Movies” at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: Sweet Smell of Success (1957). Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis team up to break up a jazz musician’s romance. Free with dinner purchase at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW.
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