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If you’re looking for something to watch this week besides the Olympics, the D.C. area’s free movie scene won’t disappoint.

Along with the usual slate of free screenings at libraries and museums, Rhino Bar in Georgetown is hosting a retrospective this weekend in honor of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman; the Black Cat is kicking off a weekly series for “Star Wars” fans this Monday night; and a group calling itself “playbackthetape” is kicking off a monthly roadshow devoted to VHS archaeology on Monday night as well.

Plus there are films timed to Black History Month, several movies showing in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 205th birthday, and romantic movies, too. Valentine’s Day, after all, is this Friday. Don’t forget!

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, February 8th:

Saturday:

  • 10:30am: A series of animated shorts for children on the theme of creative adventures will screen at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 1pm: “The Jackie Robinson Story” (1950). The barrier-smashing major leaguer stars as himself in this biopic. Playing at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
  • 1pm: “International House” (1933). W. C. Fields, George Burns and Gracie Allen star in this forgotten comedy about bidders on a fancy new invention: television. Part of the series “Recovered Treasure: UCLA’s Festival of Preservation” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 2pm: “The Asphalt Jungle” (1950). A heist goes horribly wrong. Part of “Hard Boiled: Film Noir Theater” at Severna Park Library, 45 W. McKinsey Rd., Severna Park, Md.
  • 2pm: “The Love Bug” (1968). Before KITT, before Google’s self-driving cars, there was Herbie. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 2:30pm: Two short films by experimental filmmaker Michael Snow: “Wavelength” (1967) and “So Is This” (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.
  • 2:30pm: “Fate of a Salesman” (2013). A decades-old business faces gentrification. A documentary playing at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE.
  • 3pm: “A Little Princess” (1995). A young girl is sent to boarding school in India after her father is assumed dead. Playing at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Litmus,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: “Robocop” (1987). The original story of the Detroit cop who’s rebuilt after a near-death experience on the streets. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Sunday:

  • 11am: A special Philip Seymour Hoffman marathon at Rhino Bar in Georgetown starts with a montage of some of the late actor’s best scenes. Then at 12pm, “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007), followed either by “The Savages” (2007) or “The Master” (2012), depending on viewer vote. Hoffman’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Truman Capote (2005) will play at 4pm, and the retrospective will conclude either with “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (2007) or “Pirate Radio” (2009), again as determined by the crowd’s choice. 3295 M St., NW.
  • 11:30am: A rescreening of the creative adventures cartoons at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 2pm: “Ocean Heaven” (2010). Starring Jet Li, in his first dramatic role, as the father of a child with autism. Part of the 3rd annual Reelabilities: Greater DC Disabilities Film Festival at Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 2pm: “Son of the Stars” (2011). The mother of an autistic son searches for her husband in a city full of foreboding. Part of the 3rd annual Reelabilities: Greater DC Disabilities Film Festival at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW.
  • 2pm: “Parviz” (2012). A middle aged man is suddenly forced to move out of his parents’ home when his father decides to get married. Part of the 18th annual Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW.
  • 2pm: “The Narrow Margin” (1952). A train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles proves tense for a woman planning to testify against the mob. Movie Night at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW.
  • 2:30pm: Two films by experimental filmmaker Michael Snow: “One Second in Montreal” and “Back and Forth ()” (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.
  • 7pm: “The Healing Passage: Voices from the Water” (2004). A documentary about the impact of the colonial slave trade on the modern world. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
  • 8pm: “Sunset Boulevard” (1950). A hack screenwriter fashions a script for a washed-up silent film star. Part of “Our Favorite Classics!” month at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Monday:

  • 10am: “Curious George” (2006). The big screen debut of H. A. Rey’s little monkey. A morning movie at Annapolis Library, 1410 West St., Annapolis, Md.
  • 2pm: “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (1993). Angela Bassett stars in this Tina Turner biopic. Replays at 6:30pm. Part of a Black History Month film series at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 4pm: The Uranium Film Festival begins at the Goethe-Institut begins with “The Atomic States of America” (2011), followed by the short documentary “Tailings” (2011) and the German documentary “Yellow Cake: The Dirt Behind Uranium” (2010). 812 7th St., NW.
  • 4pm: A teen movie at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
  • 5pm: A Black History Month film at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic Ave., SW. Call (202) 243-1185 for details.
  • 6pm: “The Vow” (2012). A man fights to reclaim his wife’s lost memory after a near-fatal car crash. Books on Film at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
  • 6pm: A series of short films will play as part of the 3rd annual Reelabilities: Greater DC Disabilities Film Festival at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
  • 7pm: “playbackthetape” (2014). A curated collection of content from old VHS tapes will be kindly rewound, and replayed, in this special show at Furthermore, 52 O St., NW. The show is free with registration here.
  • 8pm: “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977). A farm boy discovers powers he never knew he had, as the Galactic Empire gains strength against the Rebel Alliance. The debut of Millennium Falcon Mondays at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 8pm: “Time of the Apes” (1974). A Japanese TV ripoff of “Planet of the Apes.” Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society. It’ll play at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

Tuesday:

  • 6pm: A weekly series of romantic comedies continues at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW. Call (202) 727-0232 for details on “Celluloid Sweethearts.”
  • 6:30pm: Movie Request Tuesday at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St., SW. Call (202) 243-1185 for details.
  • 6:30pm: The Uranium Film Festival continues with three shorts: “The Last Flower” (2013), “Moab” (2012) and “Atomic Bombs on the Planet Earth” (2011), followed by the feature-length documentary “Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1” (2012). Playing at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW.
  • 7pm: Two shorts made for TV by director Louis Neethling; “Coming Home” (2009) and “Departure Lounge” (2009). Part of the 3rd annual Reelabilities: Greater DC Disabilities Film Festival at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE. Also playing at Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Ave., SE.

Wednesday:

  • 12:30pm: “The Art of Romare Bearden” (2003). A look at the artist’s evolving body of work over a lifetime. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 2pm: “Lincoln” (2012). Daniel Day-Lewis stars as the 16th president weighing the Emancipation Proclamation. A Movie Matinee at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 2pm: “Man of Steel” (2013). The brooding reboot of the Superman franchise. A free teen flick at Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena, Md.
  • 6:30pm: The Uranium Film Festival continues with four short films: “Abita: Children from Fukushima” (2012), “Forbidden Ground Fukushima” (2012), “Rotten Rock (Pedra Podre) ” (1990) and “High Power” (2013). Playing at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW.
  • 6:30pm: “Stranger Than Paradise” (1984). A New York City hipster travels through the Heartland with his teenage Hungarian cousin. Playing at the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Sts., NW.
  • 7pm: “The Gettysburg Story” (2013). A documentary about the pivotal Civil War battle. Playing at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

Thursday:

  • 12:30pm: “The Art of Romare Bearden” (2003). A rescreening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 1pm: A romantic movie marathon: “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) with Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson; “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999) at 3:30; the Buster Keaton classic “Seven Chances” (1925) at 5:30; and “Strictly Ballroom” (1992) at 7:00. The NW Side Story Film Marathon at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
  • 2pm: A film from the DC Environmental Film Festival will play at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE.
  • 3pm: “Bottle Shock” (2008). A comedy about the famous Paris blind taste that brought California wine to the world’s palate. Playing at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 5:30pm: A double feature for Black History Month: “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners” (2012) and “Mother of George” (2013). New Release Cinema at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
  • 6pm: An LOL Movie for teens at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 6pm: Teen Movie Night at Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW. Title to be revealed at the 1st of the month.
  • 6:30pm: An Oscar Winners film series continues at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE. Call (202) 698-6373 for details.
  • 6:30pm: “Glory” (1989). Based on the true story of the all-African-American 54th Massachusetts Regiment of the Union Army. Blockbuster Thursday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: A family movie night at Linthicum Library, 400 Shipley Rd., Linthicum, Md. Call (410) 222-6265 for details.
  • 7:30pm: “Young Mr. Lincoln” (1939). Starring Henry Fonda as the country lawyer who’d one day lead the nation through its darkest hours. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Friday:

  • 2pm: “Some Like It Hot” (1959). The gender-bending comedy with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. A Valentine’s Day classic at Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
  • 2:30pm: A recreation of the classic moviegoing experience: the Laurel and Hardy short “Busy Bodies” (1933) leads into the feature presentation, “Thirty-Day Princess” (1934), an early Cary Grant film. Part of the series “Recovered Treasure: UCLA’s Festival of Preservation” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 3:30pm: “Tuck Everlasting” (2002). A young girl falls in love with an old man who appears young. He’s actually immortal. Playing at the Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
  • 7pm: “My Name is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns” (2012). A documentary about a filmmaker who hopes to be Iran’s John Ford. 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: “Let’s Kill Hitler,” from the 6th series. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: “Moonstruck” (1987). A widow’s plan to marry her late husband’s best friend hits a snag, when she falls in love with his brother. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

WNEW’s Nathan Hager contributed to this report. Follow Nathan on Twitter.

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