106.7 The Fan All News 99.1 WNEW CBS Sports Radio 1580

Wide Variety of Free Flicks Across D.C. Region

by Nathan Hager
View Comments
Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Nathan Hager, All News 99.1 WNEW (Credit: CBSDC.com) Nathan Hager
Morning Anchor - 5 to 10 a.m. (@nhagerwnew) Nathan Hager bring...
Read More

This week, it’s all about variety in the local free movie scene.

From movies for kids, to superhero action films, to sophisticated dramas for adults, to films featuring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, the choices abound.

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital also continues this week; while many of the films on that schedule cost money, the ones listed below are all free.

Here is the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, March 22nd:

Saturday:

  • 10am: “Tangled” (2010). A plucky young lady with extraordinarily long hair longs to be free from her tower. Saturday Morning Movie Time at Maryland City at Russett Library, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel, Md.
  • 10:15am: “Amelia” (2009). Starring Hilary Swank as pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart. A Women’s History Month movie at Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., Germantown, Md.
  • 1pm: “The Hunger Games” (2012). A defiant teenager takes her younger sister’s place in a fight to the death with other children. A Movie Matinee at Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl., SW, Washington, DC.
  • 1:30pm: “Man of Steel” (2013). A brooding reboot of the Superman saga. Playing at Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 2pm: “Thor” (2011). A powerful but arrogant demigod is banished to earth. A descriptive video presentation for the blind at Central Library, 409 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 2pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Gru is recruited to fight a new super villain. A Family Movie at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
  • 2pm: “Frozen” (2013). A tomboyish princess goes on an adventure to free her village from an eternal winter accidentally unleashed by her powerful yet vulnerable sister. Hit Movie Saturday at Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 2pm: “Monsters University” (2013). Mike and Sully’s college days. A Family Movie at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 2pm: “Akeelah and the Bee” (2006). A young girl from a rough section of Los Angeles tries to make it in the National Spelling Bee. A Women’s History Month movie at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Kobol’s Last Gleaming (Part 1),” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: “Housesitter” (1992). A beautiful con artist moves into a strait-laced architect’s empty home and pretends to be his wife. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

At the Environmental Film Festival:

  • 10:30am: Several films: “The Rooster Trademark Paper” (2012). A boy wants to enter an art contest, but there’s a catch: the entries must be submitted on very expensive paper. Then, at 2pm, Four films on the pleasures of walking: “All This Can Happen” (2012), “Boardwalk” (1972), “A Journey to Avebury” (1971) and “Rain (Regen)” (1929). Finally, at 4:30pm, “Breathing Earth: Susumu Shingu’s Dream” (2012). A sculptor who strives to commune with nature through art. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 11am: “Return Flight” (2013). Restoring the bald eagle on southern California’s Channel Islands. Playing at the National Wildlife Visitors Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, Md.
  • 12pm: Three films for children: “Blackout” (2013) “Cloudette” (2013) and “Bear Has a Story to Tell” (2013). Playing at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC.
  • 12pm: A double-feature: first, “The Great Flood” (2013), about the Mississippi River Flood of 1927; then at 3pm, “Mission Blue” (2014), about one oceanographer’s mission to save the seas. Playing at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 1pm: “Backyard Bugs” (2014). A look at the vast biodiversity right outside your door. Playing at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC.
  • 1pm: “Shored Up” (2013). People in coastal cities face the stark, often dangerous, consequences of climate change. Playing at the National Museum of American History’s Warner Bros. Theater, 14th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 2pm: “Slums: Cities of Tomorrow” (2013). A tour through some of the poorest, and most resilient, cities on the planet. Playing at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 2pm: “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above” (2013). A bird’s-eye view of the island nation’s natural landscape. Playing at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC.

Sunday:

  • 2pm: “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984). Indy stumbles upon a secret cult while searching for a mystical stone. Playing at the historic State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
  • 3pm: “High Tech Low Life” (2012). A film that follows two of China’s first citizen-journalists. An Insights Documentary screening at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 6pm: “Mulan” (1998). A headstrong young woman disguises herself as a man to take her aging father’s place in China’s war with the Huns. Women’s History Month Movie Night at West End Library, 1101 24th St., NW.
  • 8pm: “The Princess Bride” (1987). The hilarious fairy tale of inconceivably brilliant Sicilians, farmboys-turned-dread-pirates, and Rodents of Unusual Size. Part of “Fantasy Flicks!” month at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.

At the Environmental Film Festival:

  • 11:30am: “The Rooster Trademark Paper” (2012). A repeat screening. Then, at 4pm, “Cousin Jules” (1971), a documentary shot over give years about an elderly farmer, his wife, and their simple way of living off the land. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 12pm: A series of films that highlight humanity’s sometimes detrimental impact on the world. First, “Critical Mass” (2012) compares experiments on rat overpopulation to humans; at 4pm”Expedition to the End of the World” (2013) follows a tall ship to northeast Greenland’s dwindling ice pack; then at 6:30pm, “Extreme Realities” (2014), an episode of “Journey to Planet Earth” that explores the nexus of extreme weather and national security. Playing at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 12pm: “Standing on Sacred Ground” (2013). A four-part series that examines how native traditions can lead to a more sustainable planet. Playing at the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, DC.
  • 12pm: Four short films about making cities more sustainable: “Our Power” (2014), “Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper” (2014) “Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change” (2014) and “Dutch Weed Burger” (2014). Playing at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 12pm: “Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields” (2012). Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan create new lives as organic farmers. Playing at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC.
  • 2pm: “Black Out” (2012). Teens vie for an education in a part of the world where electricity is at a premium. Playing at the Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE, Washington, DC.

Monday:

  • 5pm: “Blade” (1998). Wesley Snipes stars as the half-vampire, half-mortal vampire hunter. Playing at Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: “Zu Warriors” (2001). Immortals fight to protect their mystical mountain home from a renegade invader. Playing at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1999). A rich art thief meets his match in the form of a gorgeous detective. Fiction Lover’s Film Companion at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6pm: “The Place Beyond the Pines” (2012). A motorcycle stunt rider robs banks to try to support his family, until an ambitious rookie cop tries to stop him. Part of a series of Oscar winners and nominees at Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Rd., Ste. 3, Arlington, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2011). A group of elderly British friends finds the hotel they’ve booked in India isn’t quite what they’d expected. Part of the Aspen Hill Library Film Festival, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville, Md.
  • 8pm: “Human Highway” (1982). The owner of a diner near a leaking nuclear plant has unexpected trouble torching the place for the insurance. Starring and co-directed by Neil Young. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

At the Environmental Film Festival:

  • 10:30am: Three films for children: “Blackout” (2013) “Cloudette” (2013) and “Bear Has a Story to Tell” (2013). Repeats at 11:30am at Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 7pm: “The Last Shepherd (L’Ultimo Pastore)” (2012). A shepherd in the Lombardy region defends his way of life from urban sprawl. Playing at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 7:30pm: “Thomas Berry: The Great Story” (2002). A documentary about the eco-theologian. Playing at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir., NW, Washington, DC.

Tuesday:

  • 4:30pm: “Charlotte’s Web” (2006). A young farm girl saves a runt pig from slaughter, with the help of a talking spider. A Reel Reading Movie Night at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, DC.
  • 6pm: “Battle of the Year: The Dream Team” (2013). An underdog team of B-boy dancers go for glory in a major competition. Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” (2010). A young owl seeks the help of the Guardians after he escapes the clutches of an evil owl army. Playing at Elkridge Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, Md.
  • 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.”
  • 6pm: “Children of Men” (2006). A reluctant man helps to protect the world’s lone pregnant woman in a future where children no longer exist. Part of a series of Oscar winners and nominees at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va.
  • 6:30pm: Movie Request Tuesday at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St., SW. Call (202) 243-1185 for details.
  • 7pm: “Faat Kiné” (2001). How women fit into an independent Senegal. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
  • At the Environmental Film Festival:

    • 12pm: “On the Edge, Antarctica 3D” (2014). Getting up close with the bottom of the world. Playing at the National Geographic Society, 1600 M St., NW.
    • 12pm: “Scaling the Mountain: Protecting Forests for Families in Nepal” (2014). Fighting deforestation in the foothills of Nepal. Playing at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6pm: “Helsinki Music Centre: Prelude” (2012). The architects of Helsinki’s new concert hall set out to create a building in harmony with its surroundings. Playing at the Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6pm: A double-feature. First, “Tokyo’s Belly” (2013), a look inside the sewers of Japan’s capital. Then, at 7:30pm, “The Venice Syndrome” (2013). Italy’s sinking city is also losing residents. Playing at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: A screening of winners of the Eco-Comedy Video Competition at American University’s Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “Escaping the Flood” (2006). Rising sea levels threaten a Dutch village. Playing at the Royal Netherlands Embassy, 4200 Linnean Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: Three short films on urban centers moving back to rural lifestyles: “India’s Toxic Tanneries” (2013), “Monotown: Asbest” (2013) and “Down to the Countryside” (2013). Playing at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: A double-feature on pets: first, “The Paw Project (2013), about the grassroots fight against cat declawing; then, at 8pm: “Parrot Confidential” (2013), stories of feral birds in need of homes. Playing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St., NE.
    • 7:30pm: “The Ghosts in Our Machine” (2013). The stories of individual animals locked in humanity’s mechanized world. Playing at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave., NE, Washington, DC.

    Wednesday:

    • 3:45pm: “The Princess Bride” (1987). If you missed it Sunday, it’s playing as a teen matinee at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
    • 6pm: “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007). How a brash Texas congressman may have helped to lay the seeds for radicalism in Afghanistan. Part of a series of Oscar winners and nominees at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va.

    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 Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St., NE, Washington, DC.
    • 6pm: A double-feature. First, two episodes of the German series “Ecopia” (2013). Then, at 7:30pm, “Food Savers” (2013), a look at why the developed world wastes so much good food. Playing at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “Kangaroo Dundee” (2013). A man on a mission to save orphaned kangaroos in Australia’s Outback. Playing at the Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “Satoyama: Japan’s Secret Forest” (2008). How Japan’s small forests may point the way to a more sustainable future. Playing at the Embassy of Japan, 1150 18th St., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “A Matter of Life and Death” (2014). A work-in-progress about Jane Jacobs, author of the 1961 book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” Director Matt Tyrnauer will attend the screening at the National Portrait Gallery’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and G Sts., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 7pm: “A2-B-C” (2013). The Fukushima nuclear meltdown’s devastating effect on children. Playing at Georgetown University’s Edward B. Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium, 37th and O Sts., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 7pm: A Student Environmental Short Film Festival at American University’s Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 7pm: “Toxic Hot Seat” (2013). How dangerous flame retardants have managed to stay in America’s homes despite the dangers they pose. Playing at the Carnegie Institition for Science, 1530 P St., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 7:15pm: “Growing Cities” (2013). Urban farming on the rise in America. Playing at the George Washington University Marvin Center, 800 21st Sr., NW, Washington, DC.

    Thursday:

    • 3pm: “A Late Quartet” (2012). Dire forces threaten to tear a famed string ensemble apart. Part of the series “Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman” at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
    • 6pm: “Madadayo” (1993). An aging professor celebrates his birthday in post-war Tokyo. A Thursday Night Film at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.
    • 7:30pm: “The Master” (2012). A Navy veteran haunted by war is drawn into a cult. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

    At the Environmental Film Festival:

    • 12pm: A couple of films. First, “The City” (1939). A film about urban planning, made for the 1939 World’s Fair, which still resonates today. Then, at 7pm: “HR6161: An Act of Congress” (1979). Following an amendment to the Clean Air Act from bill to law. Playing at the National Archives William G. McGowan Theater, 7th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 4pm: A double feature. First, “Atomic Africa: Clean Energy’s Dirty Secrets” (2013). The dark side of nuclear power. Then, at 7pm, “Sandgrains” (2013). Erosion tears at a man’s childhood home. Playing at the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “The Lithium Revolution” (2012). A look at riding global demand for the potential energy source. Playing at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “A Boom with No Boundaries” (2013). A short film on North Dakota’s oil boom. Playing at the Center for American Progress, 1333 H St., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “The Man Who Plants Trees” (2013). One man’s quest to save his tribal homeland’s rainforests. Playing at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “It’s All True” (1993). Orson Welles’s ill-fated attempt to make a film about South America. Playing at the Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “White Gold” (2013). An exposé of the modern-day ivory trade. Playing at Howard University’s Blackburn Student Center, 2397 6th St., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 7pm: “Battle for Bats: Surviving White Nose Syndrome” (2013). An epidemic among winged mammals. Playing at the U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C St., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 7pm: A series of short films under the heading “Stories from the Small Red Dot” will play at the Embassy of Singapore, 3501 International Pl., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 8pm: “The Weather War” (2012). A pair of Swedish artists head to America’s tornado alley with a sculpture they claim can stop twisters. Playing at the Hirshhorn Museum, 7th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC.

    Friday:

    • 10am “A Bug’s Life” (1998). A resourceful ant enlists circus bugs to fight a gang of thuggish grasshoppers. A Family Movie Morning at Deale Library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale, Md.
    • 2pm: “The Hunger Games” (2012). If you missed it Saturday, see it as part of a series of Oscar winners and nominees at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va.
    • 7pm: “Gasland Part II” (2013). The rising stakes of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Part of Meaningful Movies: Olney at the Buffington Building Community Room, 3300 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, Md.
    • 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe,” the Christmas special from 2011. 1811 14th St., NW.
    • 7:30pm: “Capote” (2005). Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Best Actor Oscar for his uncanny portrayal of the flamboyant author. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

    At the Environmental Film Festival:

    • 6:30pm: “The Latin Skyscraper (El Rascacielos Latino)” (2012). Unraveling the mysteries of the Barolo Palace in Buenos Aires. Playing at the Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “Drill Baby Drill” (2013). A village in eastern Poland fights to stop shale gas drilling in their midst. Playing at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “Last Call” (2013). Is it too late to reverse the impact of human population growth? Playing at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:30pm: “Why in My Backyard: Hidroaysen” (2012). A documentary about a hydroelectric plant that might not be the godsend Chile needs. Then, at 8pm, several shorts about environmental challenges in the Dominican Republic. Playing at the GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St., NW, Washington, DC.
    • 6:45pm: A double-feature. First, “Stop! Rodando el Cambio” (2014). A road trip through a simpler side of Europe. Then, at 8pm, “Roaming Wild” (2014). Wild horses run up against encroaching development in the American West. Playing at American University’s Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC.

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

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,561 other followers