Jam-Packed Week of Free Movies From Beltway to Beltway

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This is an especially jam-packed week for free movies from Beltway to Beltway.

Children of the ’80s will have a few choices, with “Labyrinth” and “Tron” sure to bring back memories for anyone in their mid- to late-30s.

The list also includes kids’ movies like “Despicable Me” and “Cinderella”; certified classics like John Wayne’s “The Quiet Man” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady”; Oscar fodder like “Argo,” “The Butler” and “American Hustle”; as well as tributes to the late Peter O’Toole and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

This is also the week that the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital gets under way. It features about 200 documentaries, cartoons and other films aimed at promoting a more sustainable world, most of which you have to pay to see. But many of the features are free, and all of them are listed below.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, March 15th:

Saturday:

  • 10:30am: A Peter O’Toole double-feature. First, “My Favorite Year” (1982).Then, at 2pm, “Venus” (2006). Playing at Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 10:30am: “The Secret of Kells” (2009). An Irish legend comes to life in vivid animation. Then at 2pm, an art house double feature. First, “Hans Richter: Everything Turns, Everything Revolves” (2013). Finally, at 4:30pm, a film by the subject of that documentary, “Dreams That Money Can Buy” (1947). Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 12pm: A celebration of the life and work of Harry Belafonte will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 2pm: “Despicable Me” (2010). A super-villain becomes a dad. A Family Movie at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
  • 2pm: “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (1997). The TV movie version of the Broadway musical starring Brandy as the enchanted stepdaughter. Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Colonial Day,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: “The Quiet Man” (1952). John Wayne stars as a retired boxer who finds love in Ireland. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Sunday:

  • 11:30am: Several films for kids. First, a rescreening of “The Secret of Kells” (2009). Then, at 4:30pm, a series of animated shorts from Czechoslovakia will play at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 2pm: “My Fair Lady” (1964). A professor tries to coach a peasant woman into respectability. Playing at the historic State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “Labyrinth” (1986). A teenager has to rescue her baby brother from a dark world of her own imagination. Part of “Fantasy Flicks!” month at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Monday:

  • 3pm: “Gay Pioneers” (2004). The story of the gay civil rights movement that sprang up during the racial civil rights movement of the 1960s. Includes a panel discussion at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va.
  • 5pm: “Argo” (2012). A CIA mission poses as a Hollywood movie crew to rescue the Americans trapped in the Iranian hostage crisis. Playing at Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: “The Last Dragon” (1985). A martial arts film produced by Motown’s Berry Gordy. Playing at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: “Tron” (1982). A computer genius digging for secrets becomes trapped in an evil company mainframe. Playing at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6:30pm: “In Face of the Crime” (2010). A ten-part German miniseries about a cop torn between duty and heritage in Berlin’s Russian-Jewish community. Parts 8-10 play at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW.
  • 7pm: “The Dinner.” A local film about local food. Playing at Prince Frederick Library, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, Md.

Tuesday:

  • 6pm: “Instructions Not Included” (2013). A man makes a life for a little girl left on his doorstep… until her birth family returns years later. Playing at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 6pm: A series of films timed to Women’s History Month continues at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW. Call (202) 727-0232 for details on “Herstory.”
  • 6:30pm: Movie Request Tuesday at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St., SW. Call (202) 243-1185 for details.

The Environmental Film Festival begins with these free films:

  • 10am: Three films for children: “Blackout” (2013) “Cloudette” (2013) and “Bear Has a Story to Tell” (2013). Playing at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 12pm: “Chasing Rhinos with Billy Bush” (2013). The star of “Access Hollywood” goes after illegal rhinoceros poaching in Nepal. Playing at the National Geographic Society, 1600 M St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6:30pm: “Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale” (2013). A documentary about the spread of the invasive Asian carp across North America. Playing at the Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 7pm: “Your Inner Fish” (2014). A documentary on the prehistoric underpinnings of modern humanity. Playing at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 7:30pm: “In the Belly of the City: Vienna” (2013). A look at a food market in the heart of Austria’s capital city. Playing at the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct., NW, Washington, DC.

Wednesday:

  • 6pm: “Mud” (2012). Two boys help a fugitive tenure with his lost love. Part of a series of Oscar winners and nominees at Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Rd., Ste. 3, Arlington, Va.
  • 6pm: Teen Movie Night at Northeast Library, 330 7th St., NE, Washington, DC. Call (202) 698-0183 for details.

At the Environmental Film Festival:

  • 10:30am: Three films for children: “Blackout” (2013) “Cloudette” (2013) and “Bear Has a Story to Tell” (2013). Playing at Anacostia Library, 180″ Good Hope Rd., SE, Washington, DC.
  • 12pm: “What’s for Dinner?” (2011). The down side of an upswing in China’s meat consumption. Playing at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6:30pm: “Haiti Redux” (2013). A look at the rebuilding effort after the devastating earthquake in the world’s poorest nation. Playing at New York University-Washington DC, 1307 L St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6:30pm: “Thin Ice” (2013). Climate change as seen through the eyes of researchers on the front lines in the Arctic and Antarctica. Playing at the Edmund Burke School, 4101 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 7pm: “Extinction in Progress” (2014). A look at the surprising resurgence of life once thought to be close to the brink in Haiti. Playing at Georgetown Day School, 4200 Davenport St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 7pm: “Z’Alp” (2013). A documentary about a farming tradition in Switzerland: an annual cattle drive. Playing at the Embassy of Switzerland, 2900 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 7:30pm: “Once Upon a Forest (Il Était une Forêt)” (2013). The director of “March of the Penguins” takes you high above one of the untouched regions of the Amazon. Playing at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW, Washington, DC.

Thursday:

  • 3pm: “Pirate Radio” (2009). A movie from the director of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” about an illegal station in the 1960s. Part of the series “Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman” at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 5pm: An LOL Movie for teens at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 5pm: “The Butler” (2013). The true story of a White House domestic servant whose life parallels history. Playing at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
  • 6pm: A horror film series continues at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 727-1288 for details.
  • 6pm: “Tokyo Story” (1953). An elderly couple visits their children in the big city, but finds the young people have little time for them. A Thursday Night Film at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6:30pm: Classic Cinema Night at Northeast Library, 330 7th St., NE, Washington, DC. Email Faith Kelley for information.
  • 6:30pm: Classic Movie Night at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE, Washington, DC. Call (202) 698-6373 for details.
  • 7pm: “American Hustle” (2013). A world of con artists and rogue agents in the flashy 1970s. New Release Cinema at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
  • 7:30pm: An evening of short films from the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

At the Environmental Film Festival:

  • 12:30pm: “Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time” (2001). A documentary about an artist whose canvas is the natural world around him. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6:30pm: “Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit” (2013). A short Ken Burns documentary celebrating 150 years of California’s breathtaking national park. Playing at the U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6:45pm: “Angel Azul” (2014). A coral reef comes to life around a circle of life-like statues beneath the ocean. Playing at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St., NW, Washington, DC.

Friday:

  • 4pm: “Hitchcock” (2012). Starring Anthony Hopkins as the Master of Suspense. Playing at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “The Wedding of River Song,” the final episode of the 6th series. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: An Irish double-feature: “The Commitments” (1991) and “The Snapper” (1993). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

At the Environmental Film Festival:

  • 12pm: “Woven Lives: Contemporary Textiles from Ancient Oaxacan Traditions” (2011). How art has evolved into industry in Mexico. Repeats at 7pm at the George Washington University’s Marvin Center, 800 21st St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 12pm: “The Human Experiment” (2013). The chemical industry’s $52 million a year effort to lobby for deregulation. Playing at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 12:30pm: “Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time” (2001). A repeat screening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 4pm: Three films for children: “Blackout” (2013) “Cloudette” (2013) and “Bear Has a Story to Tell” (2013). Playing at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6pm: Three short films focused on Sustainable DC: “Green Roofs in the District of Columbia” (2014), “Earthecho Expedition: What Happens When We Build Cities?” (2013), and “Rebalancing” (2014). Playing at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6:30pm: “My Brooklyn” (2012). Director Kelly Anderson moves to the borough east of the Hudson River in 1988 and stays through all the changes in her quickly gentrifying neighborhood. Playing at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, DC.
  • 6pm: “Tiny: A Story About Living Small” (2013). One couple tries to take part in the Tiny House movement. Playing at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC.
  • 7:30pm: “A Will for the Woods” (2013). The beginnings of the “green burial movement,” a way to leave this mortal coil while leaving a minimal carbon footprint. Playing at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC.

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

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