For fans of the Oscars, the wait is almost over.
The 86th annual Academy Awards will be handed out in Hollywood this Sunday, and movie lovers can get in the spirit on the cheap, just in time for all the glitz and glamour.
The Anne Arundel Public Library is holding a pre-Oscar party the morning before the big show, with a double-feature of two of this year’s nominees for Best Picture. And at the National Archives, a five day screening of the best documentary and short subject films wraps up just hours before the ceremony in Hollywood.
If you’re looking for a stylish viewing party, the Oscars will be broadcast live on the big screen at the Angelika Film Centre in Fairfax on Sunday night.
And in case all that doesn’t whet your cinematic appetite, the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring is showing “Field of Dreams” for free as part of its series on Hollywood and the National Pastime; the Smithsonian is beginning a retrospective on Japanese director Akira Kurosawa and the inspiration he drew from Shakespeare; the Library of Congress is screening several documentaries this week focused on Jewish themes; and whether this was planned before or after the death of Harold Ramis, “Ghostbusters” is playing at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, March 1st:
- 10am: A pre-Oscar party double feature, with “Captain Phillips” (2013) and “Gravity” (2013) playing at Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena, Md.
- 11am: “Field of Dreams” (1989). A mysterious voice compels an Iowa farmer to build a heaveny baseball diamond in his cornfields. Playing at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8634 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
- 12pm: The National Archives’ 10th Annual Showcase of Academy Award®–Nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects resumes with the nominees for live action short: “Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” (2012), “Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)” (2013), “Helium” (2014), “Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” (2012) and “The Voorman Problem” (2013). Then at 3:30, the nominees for animated short: “Feral” (2012), “Get a Horse” (2013), “Mr. Hublot” (2013), “Possessions” (2012) and “Room on the Broom” (2012). The day concludes at 7pm with Best Documentary Feature nominee “Dirty Wars” (2013), an investigation into covert US wars in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere. Playing at the William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 1pm: “The Mystery of Picasso” (1956). A French documentary about the abstract painting master. Part of the Foreign Film series at Montgomery County’s Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.
- 2pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (2013). Flint’s food-weather machine creates a monster. Lots of them. Playing at Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md.
- 2pm: “The Little Mermaid” (1989). The movie that revived Disney Animation, about a headstrong teenager who longs to live out from “Under the Sea.” Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
- 2pm: “The Secret of Roan Inish” (1994). A young girl seeks to uncover the legend of her Irish village’s past. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 2:30pm: “The Yellow Ticket” (1918). A Jewish woman hides her identity to seek an education. With live accompaniment by violinist Alicia Svigals and pianist Marilyn Lerner. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 2:30pm: “Fist of Legend” (1994). Jet Li’s remake of Bruce Lee’s “Fists of Fury.” Playing at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
- 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW.
- 11am: The final day of the National Archives’ 10th Annual Showcase of Academy Award®–Nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects begins with the nominees for best documentary short subject: “CaveDigger” (2013), “Facing Fear” (2013), “Karama Has No Walls” (2012), “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” (2013) and “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” (2013). It concludes at 4pm with the final documentary feature nominee: “Cutie and the Boxer” Playing at the William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 2pm: “Ran” (1985). Shakespeare’s “King Lear” as a feudal Japanese war epic. Part of the “Kurosawa’s Shakespeare” series at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW.
- 2pm: “In America” (2002). An Irish immigrant family adjusts to life in New York City. An Irish American Heritage Month film at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 2pm: “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962). The Oscar winner starring Peter O’Toole as the flamboyant British Army officer T. E. Lawrence. Playing at the historic State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
- 2:30pm: “The Help” (2011). A white Southern woman writes about the experiences of her African-American servants. A Women’s History Month film at Woodridge Library, 1790 Douglas St., NE.
- 4pm: A double feature with a live appearance by documentary filmmaker Caroline Martel: “Wavemakers” (2012) and “Phantom of the Operator” (2004). Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
- 6pm: “Amélie” (2001). A young woman commits random acts of kindness in Paris, and finds love in the process. A Sunday Matinee at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
- 8pm: “The Dark Crystal” (1982). A creature embarks on a quest to find the missing piece of a crystal that will restore order to his world. Part of “Fantasy Flicks!” month at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 8pm: The 86th annual Academy Awards will play live on the big screen at Angelika Film Center & Café at Mosaic, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax, Va. Tickets available on a first come first served basis at the theater box office starting at 6pm.
- 12pm: “Before the Revolution” (2013). The final days of the Israeli community in Tehran before the Islamic revolution in 1979. Part of the Jewish Film Series at the Library of Congress Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave., SE.
- 2pm: “Much Ado About Nothing” (2012). Joss Whedon’s contemporary update of the Shakespeare comedy, filmed at his home in Southern California. A movie matinee at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
- 5pm: “Ghostbusters” (1984). After losing their university grants, three irreverent scientists take up a new business venture: as ghost hunters for hire. Playing at Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md.
- 8pm: “Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras” (1989). A deranged occultist unleashes the undead on the Big Easy. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
- 11am: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012). The mystical story of a six-year-old girl who must find strength in the adversity of life along the bayou. Part of the Platinum Series at Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly, Md.
- 12pm: “Regina” (2013). A documentary about Regina Jonas, the first woman ordained to be a rabbi. Part of the Jewish Film Series at the Library of Congress Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave., SE.
- 12pm: “Winged Seduction: Birds of Paradise” (2012). A look at the wildly colorful mating cycle of New Guinea’s birds of paradise. The return of Tuesdays at Noon at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St., NW.
- 6pm: A weekly series of movies timed to Women’s History Month begins at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW. Call (202) 727-0232 for details on “Herstory.”
- 6pm: “3:10 to Yuma” (2007). A rancher agrees to hold an outlaw who’s waiting for a train to take him to trial. Part of a series of Oscar winners and nominees at Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Rd., Ste. 3., Arlington, Va.
- 6:30pm: Movie Request Tuesday at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St., SW. Call (202) 243-1185 for details.
- 7pm: “Hop” (2011). The Easter Bunny’s son tries to make it big in a rock band. A First Tuesday family flick at Riviera Beach Library, 1130 Duvall Hwy., Pasadena, Md.
- 12pm: “Dancing in Jaffa” (2013). Ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine tries to break down barriers between Israelis and Palestinians through his art. Part of the Jewish Film Series at the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., SE.
- 6pm: “Much Ado About Nothing (2012). If you missed it Monday in Howard County, you can catch it as part of Cinema Café at the Prince Frederick Library, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, Md.
- 6:30pm: “Psycho (1960). This motel manager has serious mother issues. The final film in the Hitchcock series at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
- 11am: “Yesterday” (2004). The struggles of a young mother with AIDS in South Africa. Playing at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE.
- 5pm: An LOL movie for teens at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
- 6pm: A teen movie at Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW. Title to be announced at the first of the month.
- 7pm: “Gravity” (2013). A gripping tale of survival in low Earth orbit. New Release Cinema at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
- 7:30pm: “Little Miss Marker” (1934). Shirley Temple stars as a little girl who falls in with a group of bookies as part of a horse bet. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 12pm: “Sukkah City” (2013). Bestselling author Joshua Foer holds a contest to redesign an ancient structure for the Jewish holiday of sukkot. Part of the Jewish Film Series at the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., SE.
- 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: “The God Complex,” from the 6th series. 1811 14th St., NW.
- 7:30pm: “Annie Laurie” (1927). Starring Lillian Gish as the woman caught in the middle of a war between Scottish clans. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.