Free Romantic Movies To Watch With Your Valentine

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After the massive snow this past week, you could use an excuse to leave the house. If you’ve managed to dig out, that is.

This week’s schedule of free movies around the DC area offers plenty of opportunities to cure your cabin fever on the cheap, including romantic classics to extend your Valentine’s Day celebrations, family films to keep the kids happy, movies tied to Black History Month, and past Oscar winners, as well as current contenders.

Or you could sit at home and binge on “House of Cards.” But even that costs $7.99 a month for the Netflix subscription. Every movie listed below costs exactly $7.99 less than that.

Here are the free movies for the week beginning Saturday, February 15th:

Saturday:

  • 10am: “Planes” (2013). Disney’s “Cars” world takes flight. A Saturday morning movie at Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena, Md.
  • 2pm: “The Chase” (1946). A hard-boiled film noir set in sultry Havana. 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: “Frankenweenie” (2012). A young scientist brings his beloved dog back to life in this animated feature based on an early Tim Burton short. The final film the Tim Burton Saturday Movie Mini-Series at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW.
  • 2pm: “Red Tails (2012). The story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Part of the Saturday African-American Film Festival at Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown, Md.
  • 2pm: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971). Charlie’s golden ticket takes him to a world of pure imagination. A Saturday sing-along matinee at West County Library, 1325 Annapolis Rd., Odenton, Md.
  • 4pm: “Camille Claudel 1915” (2013). Starring Juliette Binoche as sculptor Auguste Rodin’s protege, whose family sends her to an asylum after she suffers a mental breakdown. Playing 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:” “Six Degrees of Separation,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW.

Sunday:

  • 2pm: “Camille Claudel 1915” (2013). A rescreening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 2pm: “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.
  • 2pm: “Miracles” (2004). Based on the true story of the coach who led Team USA men’s hockey to Olympic gold against the Soviets in 1980. Part of the Winter Olympics film series at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 2pm: Two romantic movies at Culpeper’s historic State Theatre: “An Affair to Remember” (1957), followed at 7pm by a film inspired in part by that Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr classic, “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. 305 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
  • 4:30pm: Les Lutins du Court-Métrage: Festival of New French Shorts will screen at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: “Casablanca” (1942). The classic story of lost love set in war-torn Morocco. Part of “Our Favorite Classics!” month at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Monday:

  • 4pm: “Remember the Titans” (2000). Starring Denzel Washington as the coach of the first racially integrated football team at Alexandria’s T. C. Williams High School. A teen movie for Black History Month at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW.
  • 4pm: “Peter Pan” (2003). The live-action remake of the story of the boy who refused to grow up. A School’s Out Movie Matinee at Broadneck Library, 1275 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis, Md.
  • 8pm: “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980). Luke Skywalker continues his Jedi training with Master Yoda, and learns he has a father. Millennium Falcon Mondays at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 8pm: “Gang Wars” (1976). A martial arts master fights a demon in New York’s subways. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

Tuesday:

  • 10am: “Winnie the Pooh” (2011). The pals from the Hundred-Acre Wood hold a contest to find Eeyore a new tail. A Family Movie Morning at Deale Library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale, Md.
  • 6pm: A weekly series of romantic comedies continues at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW. Call (202) 727-0232 for details on “Celluloid Sweethearts.”
  • 6pm: “Captain Phillips” (2013). The Oscar-nominated true story of the piracy ordeal aboard the cargo ship Maersk Alabama. Shirlington Screens 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.

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.
  • 7pm: “Inocente” (2012). The Oscar-winning documentary short about a teenager who refuses to let homelessness and immigration issues stop her artistic aspirations. Playing at the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Sts., NW.

Thursday:

  • 12:30pm: “Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer
    ” (1975). A look at the work of one of the first-ever cinematographers. 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.
  • 3pm: “Romantics Anonymous/Les émotifs anonymes” (2010). A chocolate factory director falls in a love with a newly-hired chocolatier. Screening at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 5pm: An LOL Movie for teens at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 6pm: “Misery” (1990). An injured author is nursed back to health by his biggest fan. Then she learns what happens to her favorite character, and the trouble begins. A horror film series at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW.
  • 6pm: “The Color Purple” (1985). A poor woman finds inner strength despite suffering abuse from her husband and racism from the outside world. Part of the Oscar Winners film series at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE.
  • 6:30pm: “The Secret Race: A Play about the N.S.A.” (2013). A short film that draws comparisons between Edward Snowden… and Lance Armstrong. Playing at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW.
  • 6:30pm: “Red Tails” (2012). If you missed the Montgomery County library screening on Saturday, it’s playing as part of Blockbuster Thursday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: “Lilies of the Field” (1963). Starring Sidney Poitier as a drifter who helps a group of nuns build a chapel in the desert. A Classic Cinema Night at Northeast Library, 330 7th St., NE.
  • 7pm: “Crossing Delancey” (1988). A thoroughly modern Manhattan woman finds love through her Jewish grandmother’s matchmaker. A NW Side Story Film at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
  • 7:30pm: A series of experimental Super 8 films will play at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: “The Searchers” (1956). The John Ford classic starring John Wayne as a Civil War veteran out to rescue his niece from Indian raiders. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Friday:

  • 12:30pm: “Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer
    ” (1975). A rescreening in 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.
  • 2:30pm: “Moby Dick” (1956). The John Huston classic starring Gregory Peck as Melville’s whale-obsessed Captain Ahab. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 3pm: “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” (2005). A revealing documentary about the Mississippi teenager who was murdered in 1955 after whistling at a white woman. Part of the African-American History Film Series at Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring, Md.
  • 4pm: A Friday film at Mt. 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: “Night Terrors,” from the 6th series. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: “For Heaven’s Sake” (1926). Starring silent star Harold Lloyd as an Uptown Boy who falls for a Downtown Girl. 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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