Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is still more than a week away, but when it comes to celebrating the civil rights icon’s life and lasting legacy, why wait?
The DMV’s free movie scene is giving folks several opportunities to honor Dr. King, fully a week before the federal holiday that bears his name.
Plus, the Iranian Film Festival is just getting started at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, a month-long tribute to the late Peter O’Toole continues at the Arlington County Libraries, and the “Lord of the Rings” movies are back on the big screen — where they belong — at the Black Cat.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, Jan. 11.
- 2pm: Matinee Saturday at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW. Call (202) 282-0021 for details.
- 2pm: Two recent films by director John Gianvito, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker. “Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind” (2007) and “Far from Afghanistan” (2012). Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 2pm: “Out of the Past” (1947). A private eye tries to build a new life running a gas station, but finds he can’t outrun the past. A hard boiled film noir starring Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas, playing at Severna Park Library, 45 West McKinsey Rd., Severna Park, Md.
- 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Water,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW.
- 7:30pm: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966). A dinner party between a bitter husband and wife and a younger, happier couple reveals more than anyone bargained for. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 2pm: “Alice in Wonderland” (1951). A celebration of Lewis Carroll’s birthday at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE.
- 2pm: “Closed Curtain” (2013). The latest film by Jafar Panahi, whose past work has been banned in his native Iran and led to house arrest. Part of the 18th annual Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW.
- 6:30pm: “The General” (1926). Buster Keaton’s masterpiece, as an engineer who follows his stolen train behind enemy lines in the Civil War. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 7:30pm: “ Wagner’s Jews” (2013). A documentary about the anti-Semitic composer’s closest associates, who happened to be Jewish. Playing at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW.
- 2pm: A Marvelous Movie Monday at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW. Call (202) 282-0021 for details.
- 4pm: A teen movie at Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
- 4pm: “The Rosa Parks Story” (2002). Starring Angela Bassett as the woman who refused to go to the back of the bus. Part of MLK Film Week at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St., SW.
- 6pm: “The Painted Veil” (2006). Starring Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber in this adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel about a British doctor fighting cholera, and a loveless marriage, in China. A Book on Film at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
- 8pm: “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2002). Sauron’s strength grows in this second film of the trilogy. Middle Earth Monday at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St., NW.
- 8pm: “Skatetown, U.S.A.” (1979). Like Saturday Night Fever, only on skates, and not nearly as critically acclaimed. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
- 4pm: “Selma, Lord, Selma” (1999). A young girl in Selma, Ala., is inspired by Dr. King. A children’s film, part of MLK Week, at Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St., NE.
- 6pm: “Monsoon Wedding” (2001). A look at how an arranged marriage is… arranged. Part of the “Stories of the Subcontinent” series at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
- 6:30pm: Movie Request Tuesday at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St., SW. Call (202) 243-1185 for details.
- 7pm: A series of short films on the theme of destruction will be screened at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 700 Independence Ave., SW. Presented in conjunction with the exhibit Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950.
- 7pm: “Only When I Dance (Vida Ballet)” (2009). Two teenage boys dream of dancing their way out of Brazil’s notorious favelas. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW.
- 7pm: “In Remembrance of Martin: A Documentary” (1986). A look at Dr. King’s life, originally produced for PBS. Playing at Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl., SW.
- 3pm: “The Stunt Man” (1980). A fugitive hides out on a movie set as its newest stuntman, and falls for the leading lady! Part of a monthlong tribute to the late Peter O’Toole at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 4pm: “Our Friend, Martin” (1999). Friends travel back in time to meet Dr. King. A children’s film, part of MLK Week, at Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St., NE.
- 5pm: LOL Movie at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
- 6pm: “Carrie” (1976). A teen with telekinetic powers struggles to control them against bullies and a religious fanatic mother. Part of the Horror Film Series at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW.
- 6:30pm: “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013). Terrorists trap the president inside the White House. And only one man can stop them. Part of the Popular Film Series at Southeast Library, 403 7th St., SE.
- 6:30pm: “Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero” (2010). A documentary about the political figure who became a voice for the poor and against El Salvador’s military regime. Playing at American University’s School of International Service, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW. Tickets are free but must be reserved here.
- 7pm: “20 Feet from Stardom” (2013). A documentary about the backup singers for some of your favorite pop and rock artists. New Release Cinema at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
- 7:30pm: Two civil-rights era documentaries from 1961. “CBS Reports: ‘Who Speaks for Birmingham?’” and “ABC Bell & Howell Close-up!: ‘Walk in My Shoes’.” Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 1pm: a video of the March on Washington will be screened as part of MLK Film Week at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE.
- 4pm: A Friday film at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW. Call (202) e671-3121 for details.
- 7pm: “The Bright Day” (2013). A kindergarten teacher sets out to prove a student’s father is not guilty of murdering a man with powerful connections. Part of the 18th annual Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW.
- 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “The Doctor’s Wife,” from the 6th series. 1811 14th St., NW.