It’s a Dark World as far as new movies are concerned this weekend.
“Thor” is expected to dominate the competition once again, so if you’ve already seen the God of Thunder in action, this may be a great week to check out a free movie in the DMV.
A Steven Spielberg retrospective continues this week at the National Archives, including a screening of “Lincoln” timed to the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
The original “Anchorman” is playing free on Sunday, a month before the long-awaited sequel arrives in theaters.
Plus, the Freer Gallery’s 50th anniversary celebration of Taiwan’s Golden Horse award continues. Also, the Library of Congress has a series of classic films tied to National Adoption Month, and on Friday, the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination offers a couple of free movies tied to one of the darkest days in America’s 20th century.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, Nov. 16th.
- 12pm: two films by Steven Spielberg at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater. First, at noon, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), then at 7pm, Amistad (1997). 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
- 1:30pm: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958). An injured ex-football player sinks into drink and resists his wife’s temptations. A classic film matinee at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
- 2:30pm: a presentation of four short films by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 3pm: A Bug’s Life (1998). An inventive ant saves his colony from grasshopper domination. Playing at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
- 7:30pm: Raising Arizona (1987). A small-time thief steals a baby from a rich local celebrity, after learning his police officer wife can’t have kids of her own. Celebrating National Adoption Month at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 1:30pm: The Dark Knight (2008). It’s Batman vs. the Joker in Heath Ledger’s final movie role. Part of Super Hero Film Sundays at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
- 2pm: 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 Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW.
- 2pm: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967). A liberal couple discover some deep-seated prejudices within themselves after their white daughter comes home with a black fiancé. Playing at Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl., SW.
- 2pm: Vive L’Amour (1994). Three strangers don’t realize they share an apartment in common. Part of the 50th anniversary salute to Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1200 Independence Ave., SW.
- 2pm: Up (2009). A retired balloon salesman goes up and away in his own home. L Sunday matinee at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 2pm: The Kid (1921). Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp takes care of an abandoned boy. Celebrating National Adoption Month at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 4:30pm: The Decameron (1970). A loose adaptation of Boccaccio’s 14th century masterwork. Part of a series of films by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004). San Diego’s classiest local newsman adjusts to something he’s never confronted before: a woman on set. Part of the “Will Ferrell Tribute!” at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 12pm: The Story of the Shipwrecked from the Patria (2006). The story of 1,800 European Jews escaping the Nazis aboard a ship to Palestine, only to be attacked. The final film in the Czech documentary series “Docs in Salute” at the Library of Congress’s Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave., SE.
- 2pm: Lost in America (1985). A 30-something couple quit their jobs and cruise the country in a Winnebago. Repeats at 6:30pm. A Marvelous Movie Monday at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
- 3pm: a condensed version of PBS’s Latino Americans series, followed by a discussion at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va.
- 6pm: Starship Troopers (1997). Young humans do battle with a race of giant alien insects. A fantasy flick at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
- 6pm: Humoresque (1946). The story of the patroness to a young violinist. Part of the series “Joan Crawford: Hollywood Star” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
- 7pm: Lincoln (2012). Daniel Day-Lewis won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the 16th president. Part of the Steven Spielberg film festival at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
- 8pm: The Gamma People (1956). An Eastern bloc dictator uses gamma rays to make the children do his bidding. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
- 12pm: Killing Lincoln (2013). The story of the assassination, based on Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling book. Part of Tuesdays at Noon at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St., NW.
- 6pm: The Joy Luck Club (1993). The intertwining lives of four Asian women and their daughters. Part of the series “Tales of the City: San Francisco” at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
- 6:30pm: Skyfall (2012). James Bond faces his fiercest enemy yet: a former 00 agent scorned. Playing at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
- 7pm: Rhythmic Uprising (2008). How art fights racism in Brazil. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
- 7pm: How Washington Really Works: Charlie Peters and the Washington Monthly (2013). The life of the former Washington Monthly editor. A Q&A with documentarian Norman Kelley follows at West End Library, 1101 24th St., NW.
- 7:30pm: Rio Bravo (1959). The Western classic with John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson. Part of the “Library of Congress Presents” series at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 3pm: Robot and Frank (2012). A retiree and a robot strike up an unlikely friendship. Playing at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 6:30pm: Despicable Me 2 (2013). The super-villain joins an anti-super villain league. An LOL movie for teens at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
- 7pm: 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 Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE.
- 6:45pm: You’ve Got Mail (1998). A romance for the early online age. Part of the Autumn in New York film series at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
- 7pm: anime club at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Library, Columbia, Md.
- 7:30pm: The World Changes (1933). A farm boy finds sudden riches aren’t quite as great as they seem. Part of the Films of 1933 series at Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 2pm: Thirteen Days (2000). A dramatic look at the tension surrounding the Cuban missile crisis. A JFK anniversary film screening at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 3pm: Sixteen Candles (1984). A comedy about the worst Sweet 16 ever. Part of the John Hughes film series at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
- 7pm: No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (Cannot Live Without You) (2009). A destitute man and his daughter live happily together in an illegal hovel, until the authorities step in. Part of the 50th anniversary salute to Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1200 Independence Ave., SW.
- 7:30pm: John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums (1965). A tribute to the assassinated president. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.