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Action and Oscars.

That’s the theme at the weekend box office, with Tom Clancy’s CIA hero getting a big screen reboot in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” and several of the newly-named Academy Award nominees returning to the multiplexes for a second run.

And, as it happens, it’s all about action and Oscars this week for the D.C. area’s free movie scene, with blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” and “The Hunger Games”; Oscar winners “Gandhi,” “The Help” and “The Blind Side”; and movies that qualify as both, like the last “Lord of the Rings” movie.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, Jan. 18th:

Saturday:

  • 10am: Sequel Saturdays Film Festival at Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena, Md. Call (410) 222-6699 for details.
  • 12pm: A day of movies dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., begins at the Petworth Library with “March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World” (2010) and “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” (2005) in the Children’s Program Room. Then, at 12:30 in the Lower Level Meeting Room, three films: “In Remembrance of Martin” (1986), “Citizen King” (2004) and “The March: The Story of the Greatest March in History” (2013). 4200 Kansas Ave., NW.
  • 1:30pm: A celebration of A.A. Milne’s birthday will include a screening of a Winnie the Pooh movie at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE.
  • 2pm: Matinee Saturday at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW. Call (202) 282-0021 for details.
  • 2pm: A Martin Luther King, Jr., documentary will screen at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
  • 2pm: “Beetlejuice” (1988). A recently deceased young couple enlists a crazed “bio-exorcist” to scare off the new residents in their home. Part of the Tim Burton Saturday Movie Mini-Series at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW.
  • 2pm: “Presents” (1982). Part of the series “Michael Snow: Looking Forward, Looking Back” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 2pm: Saturday Sing-along Matinee at West County Library, 1325 Annapolis Rd., Odenton, Md. Call (410) 222-6277 for details.
  • 3pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Gru is recruited to battle a new super-villain. A Saturday family movie at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 3pm: “Winnie the Pooh” (2011). The silly old bear holds a contest to replace Eeyore’s lost tail. A family movie at Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md.
  • 4pm: A double feature of films starring British silent comedy master Max Linder. “The Three Must-Get-Theres” (1922), followed by “Seven Years Bad Luck” (1921). Featuring live accompaniment by pianist Andrew Simpson at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Bastille Day,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW.

Sunday:

  • 2pm: A screening of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at Southeast Library, 403 7th St., SE.
  • 2pm: “The Help” (2011). A white woman writes a book from her African-American maids’ point of view, at the height of the civil rights movement. Playing at Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl., SW.
  • 2pm: “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.
  • 2pm: “The Dark Knight” (2008). Batman battles the Joker. Superhero Sunday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 2pm: “Ice Age” (2001). Prehistoric animals try to return a lost baby to his tribe. Playing at the historic State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
  • 4:30pm: “The Stuart Hall Project” (2013). A documentary about the British cultural theorist. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” (1983). Luke Skywalker tries to rescue his father from the Dark Side and end the evil Galactic Empire. Part of “Star Wars & Spaceballs!” month at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Monday:

  • 11:30am: “King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis” (1970). The classic MLK documentary. A maximum of four tickets available per person on the day of the screening at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
  • 8pm: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003). The final battle to destroy the One Ring to Rule Them All. The final Middle Earth Monday at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 8pm: “Goodbye Uncle Tom” (1971). Documentary filmmakers travel back in time to record the horrors of American slavery. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

Tuesday:

  • 5:30pm: “The Hunger Games” (2012). Katniss Everdeen is forced into a fight to the death with other children. Playing at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
  • 6pm: Part 1 of”Gandhi” (1982). The Oscar-winning biopic of India’s spiritual and revolutionary leader. Part of the “Stories of the Subcontinent” series at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
  • 6pm: “Hidalgo” (2004). A cowboy travels to Arabia for a cross-desert horse race. A Shirlington Screens presentation at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 6:30pm: Movie Request Tuesday at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St., SW. Call (202) 243-1185 for details.
  • 7pm: “The Healing Passage: Voices from the Water” (2004). A look at how the African slave trade still affects the world, centuries later. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.

Wednesday:

  • 4pm: “The Blind Side” (2009). A well-to-do Texas mom takes in a damaged African-American teen, who goes on to become a football hero. Part of the 2014 Book to Screen Teen Movie Club at Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave., NE.

Thursday:

  • 12pm: “The Rape of Europa” (2006). The true story of the men who rescued Europe’s artistic treasures from the Nazis. Playing at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
  • 3pm: “My Favorite Year” (1982). A down and out former movie star appears on a live TV variety show. Part of a monthlong tribute to the late Peter O’Toole at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 7pm: “The Triplets of Belleville” (2003). An animated caper about a kidnap rescue at the Tour de France. Part of the “Courtyard Cinema Classics” series at Kogod Courtyard between the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts., NW.
  • 7:30pm: “Roger and Me” (1989). Michael Moore tries to confront the CEO of GM about a plant closure in his hometown. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Friday:

  • 4pm: A Friday film at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW. Call (202) 671-3121 for details.
  • 7pm: “The Patience Stone” (2012). A young wife pours her heart out to her husband, who’s been critically wounded in war. 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 Rebel Flesh,” from the 6th series. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7pm: “Black February” (2010). A documentary about avant-garde jazz composer Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris. A jazz film screening at the Library of Congress Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave., SE.
  • 7:30pm: “Ella Cinders” (1926). A hard-luck young lady, abused by her stepmother and stepsisters, tries to make it big in Hollywood. 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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