WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Moviegoers the nation over will be drawn to Thor: The Dark World this weekend.

But you can be a real superhero to your budget if you take advantage of some of the free movies playing in the area this week.

Two free family movies are playing this weekend at one of the most majestic movie houses around: the AFI Silver in Silver Spring.

The Alexandria Film Festival wraps up on Sunday with a couple of free family films and a powerful documentary about the Vietnam War.

Later on in the week, a few new movie series will get under way, including a Steven Spielberg retrospective at the National Archives and a salute to Taiwan’s version of the Oscars, the Golden Horse, at the Freer Gallery.

Plus, a series of Will Ferrell movies continues at Tallula EatBar, a number of Alfred Hitchcock movies are playing on library screens this week.

And when was the last time you could say you saw Cheech Marin’s Born in East L.A. on the big screen? You can this week, and it won’t cost you a thing.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, November 9th.


  • 11am: Snowflake, the White Gorilla (2011). The world’s only white gorilla learns what it really means to be “normal.” Playing at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
  • 12pm: a family fare showcase at the 2013 Alexandria Film Festival. Films include The Heroes of Arvine Place (2012) and Common Chord (2013), along with a number of shorts. Playing at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 1pm: A Saturday matinee at the Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
  • 6pm: Glory (1989). Based on the true story of the 54th Massachusetts infantry, the only all African-American Union regiment in the Civil War. Playing at the Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton, Md.



  • 8pm: The Jet Benny Show (1986). A Star Wars spoof with a Jack Benny-like lead. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.


  • 12pm: Voyage of the Brigantine Yankee (1966). The last gasp of sailing’s golden age. Part of Tuesdays at Noon at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St., NW.
  • 6pm: Vertigo (1958). A detective has obsession issues, and dizziness issues. Part of the series “Tales of the City: San Francisco” at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
  • 6:30pm: Born in East L.A. (1987). A Mexican-American has to sneak back over the border after beig mistakenly deported. Playing at the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Sts., NW.
  • 6:30pm: Lubaraun (Encountering). Playing at the American Indian Museum’s Rasmuson Theater, 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW.
  • 7pm: a screening of films from the National Archives’ war films collection. The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith (1943), Food and Magic (1943), and The Fighting Generation (1944), a public service announcement directed by Alfred Hitchcock. At the Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
  • 7pm: Found Memories (2011). An outside shakes up a quiet village. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.


  • 12pm: Beyond Words (2007). A documentary about the mass murder of Czech Jews at Auschwitz. Part of the Czech documentary series “Docs in Salute” at the Library of Congress’s Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave., SE.
  • 6:30pm: Life Kills Me (2007). A schlock horror filmmaker befriends a death-obsessed drifter. Part of the Global Lens film series at the Southeast Library, 403 7th St., SE.
  • 6:30pm: Koran by Heart (2011). A coming-of-age story centered around a Koran reading contest. Part of the Muslim Journey’s film series at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 7:30pm: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). An unexpected homecoming for three World War II veterans. Part of the “Library of Congress Presents” series at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.


  • 3pm: Quartet (2012). Friends live together at a home for retired opera singers. Playing at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 6pm: Good Deeds (2012). A businessman falls for the cleaning lady in his office. The finale of the Tyler Perry Film Series at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW.
  • 6pm: Rear Window (1954). An injured photographer suspects his neighbor has committed murder. An Oscar film screening at the Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
  • 6:30pm: Bridegroom (2013). A man’s family refuses to let his fiancé attend his funeral, because the fiancé is also a man. Playing at the Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave., NW. RSVP here.
  • 7pm: The Autumn in New York film series at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
  • 7pm: Tabu (2012). A retiree seeks out a man from her youth. New Release Cinema at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Library, Columbia, Md.
  • 7pm: Brother Bear (2003). A boy finds out what it really means to be human after being turned into a bear as punishment for killing a bear. A family film at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 7:30pm: Mother and Child (2009). A story of three women, a 50 year old, the grown daughter she gave up for adoption when she was a teenager, and an African-American looking to adopt a child of her own. Celebrating National Adoption Month at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.


  • 5:30pm: The Terrorizers (1986). Disparate lives intertwine in this thriller. It kicks off a 50th anniversary salute to Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1200 Independence Ave., SW.
  • 7pm: Saving Private Ryan (1998). After D-Day, a group of soldiers goes behind enemy lines to retrieve a soldier whose brothers have all died in World War II. It kicks off a Steven Spielberg film festival at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
  • 7pm: The Hunger Games (2012). Children are chosen to fight to the death in this dystopic blockbuster. Playing at the Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown, Md.
  • 7:30pm: a National Adoption Month double feature. Anne of Green Gables (1934) and Bright Eyes (1934) with Shirley Temple. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

WNEW’s Nathan Hager contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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