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In these final few days of 2013, the libraries and museums that show free movies around town appear ready to turn the page on a new year.

The schedule is rather thin.

Despite that, there are a few standouts worth checking out, including comic book movies, Hollywood Golden Age classics, and a movie about New Year’s Eve…1981.

Also, for fans of “Downton Abbey,” a special treat that the Beatley Central Library has hosted in the past is returning: a marathon screening of the PBS series to help prepare for the premiere of season 4 a week from Sunday.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, December 28th:

Saturday:

  • 2pm: Matinee Saturday at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW. Call 202-282-0021 for details.
  • 2:30pm: “Contempt” (1963). Jean-Luc Godard’s film about a screenwriter with marital problems who’s trying to adapt Homer’s “The Odyssey” as a Hollywood hit. A 50th anniversary screening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: Hellmouth Happy Hour at the Black Cat includes a free screening of an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” This week, it’s “Hush,” from season 4. 1811 14th St., NW.

Sunday:

  • 1:30pm: “The Incredible Hulk” (2008). Starring Edward Norton as the guy with anger management issues. Part of the Super Hero film series at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
  • 2pm: “The Apartment” (1960). Things get complicated when a corporate climber tries to get ahead by letting executives use his apartment for liaisons. Playing at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW.
  • 2pm: “Becoming Traviata” (2012). A documentary about a staging of Verdi’s legendary opera at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 2pm: “Holiday Inn” (1942). Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire do their thing at a hotel that’s only open on holidays. Classic Cinema at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 8pm: “200 Cigarettes” (1999). Several stories interweave in New York City on New Year’s Eve, 1981. Part of “EatBar’s Holiday Favorites!” at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Monday:

  • 8pm: The Craptacular Non-Denominational Paganistic Holiday Shorts Fest. Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

Tuesday:
No movies for New Year’s Eve.

Wednesday:
No movies for New Year’s Day.

Thursday:

  • 12:30pm: “John Cage at Work” (1978-1992). Footage of the composer working on prints in San Francisco. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 1pm: a “Downton Abbey” marathon begins at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 3pm: “Becket” (1964). The story of King Henry II’s closest confidante. Playing at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 6pm: Teen Movie Night at Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW. Call (202) 282-3080 for details.
  • 7:30pm: “55 Days at Peking” (1963). An epic love story set against the 1900 Boxer Rebellion in Beijing. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Friday:

  • 12:30pm: “John Cage at Work” (1978-1992). An encore screening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 1pm: the “Downton Abbey” marathon continues at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This evening’s episode: “Day of the Moon,” from the 6th series. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: “Suspicion” (1941). A Hitchcock classic about a woman who suspects her new husband is trying to kill her. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 9pm: the debut of Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Parts 1 and 2 of the four-part miniseries that led to the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot will get the big screen treatment. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • WNEW’s Nathan Hager contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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