WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – After suffering through this snowy and bitterly cold week, couldn’t you use a laugh?
Sad to say, it’s not going to get much warmer this weekend (or, in truth, all week long), but if you’re willing to brave the chill, you can warm yourself up with some very funny movies playing for free in the DMV.
The list includes classics like “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Spaceballs,” as well as more recent comedy hits “Pitch Perfect” and “This Is the End.”
This week’s list also includes family-friendly animated features, a couple of intriguing entries at the Smithsonian’s Iranian Film Festival, and late in the week, two Olympic-themed movies at the Library of Congress’s theater in Culpeper, a town that, after this week, may have more snow than the host city of the upcoming Winter Games: Sochi, Russia.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, January 25th:
- 10am: “Monsters University” (2013). Before Mike and Sully were best friends at work, they were bitter rivals in college. Part of the Sequel Saturdays Film Festival at Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena, Md.
- 10:30am: “Nocturna” (2007). An orphaned boy who’s afraid of the dark goes exploring, after the stars begin to lose their light. Part of the Winter Film Series for Teens at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 1pm: “Be My Wife” (1921). Max seeks an overbearing aunt’s blessing over his plans to marry her niece. Part of the series “Max Linder Restored” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 4pm: “The Wagner Family” (2011). A history of the Bayreuth opera festival. Part of the series “Tony Palmer: Wagner and Britten” 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:” “Act of Contrition,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW.
- 7:30pm: “Pulp Fiction” (1994). Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece of violence, wordplay and gangster cool. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 11:30am: “Nocturna” (2007). A rescreening of the Winter Film for Teens at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 2pm: “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.
- 2pm: “The Lady Vanishes” (1938). A rich young woman seems to be the only one who notices an elderly lady’s disappearance on a train. An Alfred Hitchcock classic at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW.
- 2pm: “Thor” (2011). Marvel’s arrogant demigod is cast out of Asgard and forced to live on Earth as punishment. Superhero Sunday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 2pm: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). The legend of King Arthur as only Britain’s zaniest comedy troupe could conceive it. Playing at the historic State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 3pm: “Five Broken Cameras” (2011). A child’s perspective of life in a Palestinian village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Part of a documentary series at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 4pm: “Nocturne: Britten” (2013). British composer Benjamin Britten in his final years. Part of the series “Tony Palmer: Wagner and Britten” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 8pm: “Spaceballs” (1987). Mel Brooks’s silly sendup of the “Star Wars” movies. Part of “Star Wars & Spaceballs!” month at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 2pm: A Marvelous Movie Monday at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW. Call (202) 282-0021 for details.
- 3pm: “Pitch Perfect” (2012). A college freshman who struggles to fit in finds an unlikely outlet: the A-list a cappella chorus. Movie Night Monday at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW.
- 6pm: “Apollo 13” (1995). Tom Hanks stars as the real-life captain of NASA’s ill-fated moon mission. A fiction lover’s film companion at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
- 6:30pm: A series of films on the theme of destruction will screen at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW.
- 6:30pm: “Peter Pan” (1953). Disney’s classic adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s boy who wouldn’t grow up. Family Movie Night at South County Library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale, Md.
- 6:30pm: “Cars” (2006). A cocky racecar finds himself after getting lost in a small town. Movie Night at Broadneck Library, 1275 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis, Md.
- 7pm: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2013). The adventure begins for Bilbo Baggins. Middle Earth Monday at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St., NW.
- 8pm: “C.H.U.D. II: Bud the CHUD” (1989). A military experiment to create a super-army unwittingly creates a pack of marauding zombies. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
- 5:30pm: “The Hunger Games” (2012). Jennifer Lawrence stars as the hero of a dystopic blood sport. Playing at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
- 6pm: Part 2 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.
- 6:30pm: Movie Request Tuesday at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St., SW. Call (202) 243-1185 for details.
- 7pm: “Identity Pieces” (1998). A Congolese king looks for his long-lost daughter in Belgium A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
Wednesday: no movies.
- 3pm: “Venus” (2006). An aging actor finds himself hopelessly attracted to his friend’s great-niece. Part of a monthlong tribute to the late Peter O’Toole at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 6pm: “Cloud Atlas” (2012). Individual lives cross and recross over centuries. Part of the Oscar film series at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
- 6:30pm: “This Is the End” (2013). Comedic actors play themselves in this raunchy sendup of apocalyptic thrillers. Part of the Popular Film Series at Southeast Library, 403 7th St., SE.
- 6:30pm: “The Hunger Games” (2013). If you missed it Tuesday, see it as part of Blockbuster Thursday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 6:30pm: “Miracle” (2004). The true story of the coach who led Team USA to the “Miracle on Ice” at the 1980 Winter Olympics. An Olympics-themed movie at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW. It’s also playing at 7:30 at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 4pm: A Friday film at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW. Call (202) 671-3121 for details.
- 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “The Almost People,” from the 6th series. 1811 14th St., NW.
- 7pm: “Fat Shaker” (2013). A beautiful woman transforms the relationship between an obese, oppressive father and his deaf-mute son. Part of the 18th annual Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW.
- 7pm: “Open Season” (2006). A tame grizzly bear gets lost in the woods, three days before hunting season begins. A family movie at the Stonebridge Wegmans, 14801 Dining Way, Woodbridge, Va.
- 7:30pm: “Downhill Racer” (1969). A cocky skier tangles with his coach ahead of the 1968 Winter Olympics. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.