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It’s spring break for just about all the public school kids in the Baltimore-Washington area.

If you’re racking your brain looking for things to do with them for the next week, the free movie scene is most definitely an option, with family-friendly flicks dominating this week.

The list also includes undeniable classics, recent Oscar nominees, and at the end of the week, a lesson in film history from the Library of Congress: a screening of one of the biggest flops in motion picture history, a Western epic from the director of “Deer Hunter,” Michael Cimino.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, April 13th:

Saturday:

  • 12:30pm: “The Ferrari Dino Girl” (2009). Filmmaker Jan Nêmec’s fictionalization account of his escape from Czechoslovakia during the Soviet invasion. Then at 2:30, more than a dozen experimental short films from Finland will be screened under the heading “Hard Thawing” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 2pm: “Monsters, Inc.” (2001). That monster in the closet is real. It’s just scaring your kids to power its world. A family movie at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
  • 3pm: “Frozen” (2013). Because you just can’t “Let It Go.” A family movie at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Valley of Darkness,” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: “Gods and Generals” (2003). Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s rise and fall. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Sunday:

  • 2pm: “A Band Called Death” (2012). A documentary about a proto-punk band that gained popularity only after it lived up to its dark name. Playing at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, DC.
  • 2pm: “Adrift in Tokyo” (2007). An unlikely friendship forms between a loner and his debt collector. Part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW.
  • 2pm: “Gettysburg” (1993). The epic depiction of the decisive Civil War battle. Playing at the historic State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
  • 4pm: A double feature. “Night Train” (1959) and “The Last Day of Summer” (1958). Part of the series “Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 4:30pm: A cinema verite double feature. “Third Avenue: Only the Strong Survive” (1980) and “On the Bowery” (1956). Part of the National Gallery of Art series “On the Street” at American University’s Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC.

Monday:

  • 1pm: A surprise matinee for spring break at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE, Washington, DC. Light snacks will be provided.
  • 2pm: A “Despicable” double feature. “Despicable Me” (2010) and its sequel (2013) will play at Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave., SE, Washington, DC.
  • 2pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013) is also playing at the Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 4pm: A teen movie at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
  • 6pm: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958). The classic Tennessee Williams tale of unrequited love in the Deep South. Part of the series “Cool Hand Paul” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 5pm: “The Count of Monte Cristo” (2002). An innocent man escapes prison and plots his revenge. Playing at Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 5pm: “The Covenant” (2006). Four young warlocks battle a fifth they thought had died. Playing at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: “The Philadelphia Story” (1940). A love triangle between a rich woman, her ex-husband, and a tabloid reporter. A Book on Film at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6pm: An Easter movie at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE, Washington, DC. Call 202-281-2585 for details.
  • 6:30pm: “Planes” (2013). The world of Disney’s “Cars” goes airborne. A family movie at Howard County’s Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md.
  • 6:30pm: “The Birds” (1963). Alfred Hitchcock’s fowl tale. Part of the Read the Book First! Book Club at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 8pm: “Mistress of the Apes” (1979). A woman looks for her list husband in Africa and finds a jungle of sexy maidens. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

Tuesday:

  • 12pm: “Nasca Lines: The Buried Secrets” (2010). A NatGeo special on what may be one of the most significant archaeological finds in the world. Part of Tuesdays at Noon at the National Geographic Museum, 1600 M St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 1pm: “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” (2005). The movie that introduced the wider world to a cantankerous grandmother known as Madea. A spring break movie at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE, Washington, DC.
  • 1:30pm: “About 111 Girls” (2012). A group of Kurdish women threaten mass suicide after being left alone by war and deprivation. Part of the Global Lens film series at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 2pm: “Hotel Transylvania” (2012). Count Dracula’s resort for monsters. A spring break movie at Riviera Beach Library, 1130 Duvall Hwy., Pasadena, Md.
  • 2pm: “Frozen” (2013). Missed it Saturday in Arlington? It’s playing as an Easter matinee at the La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Ave., La Plata, Md.
  • 4:20pm: “42” (2013). The biopic about color-barrier-busting major leaguer Jackie Robinson. A second free screening will take place at 7pm. It’s part of the series “Play Ball! Hollywood and the American Pastime” at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
  • 6pm: A film by director Mike Leigh will screen as part of Georgetown Library’s April film series. Call (202) 727-0232 for details. 3260 R St., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 6pm: A pop movie for adults at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 6pm: “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013). How Walt Disney convinced P. L. Travers to let him make “Mary Poppins” a movie. Playing at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 7pm: “I Am Number Four” (2011). An alien teen hides from bounty hunters on Planet Earth. Teen Movie Night at Edgewater Library, 25 Stepneys Ln., Edgewater, Md.

Wednesday:

  • 1pm: “Despicable Me” (2010). If you missed Sunday’s double feature in DC, the first film is playing in Baltimore at Northwood Library, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd.
  • 1pm: “The Lorax” (2012). Dr. Seuss’s mustachioed creature who speaks for the trees. A spring break matinee at North County Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie, Md.

Thursday:

  • 11am: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971). A Golden Ticket admits a humble English boy and his grandfather into a world of pure imagination. An interactive movie singalong at Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena, Md.
  • 1pm: A Jim Henson movie marathon at Tenley-Friendship Library, including “The Muppet Movie” (1979), “The Great Muppet Caper” (1981), “The Dark Crystal” (1982) and “Labyrinth” (1986). 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 3pm: “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006). A family takes a cross-country trip in a VW bus to get their daughter into the pageant finals. Part of Road Movies in April at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 5pm: LOL movie for teens at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 6pm: The horror film series continues at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW. Call (202) 727-1288 for details.
  • 6:30pm: “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948). Humphrey Bogart stars as an ill-fated prospector. Classic Cinema Night at Northeast Library, 330 7th St., NE, Washington, DC.
  • 6:30pm: Classic Movie Night at Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE, Washington, DC. Call (202) 698-6373 for details.
  • 7pm: “Philomena” (2013). A journalist tries to track down a son who was taken away from her mother when she was forced to live in a convent. New Release Cinema at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
  • 7pm: “Monsters University” (2013). The story of how Mike and Sully met before they became frightening coworkers. Family Movie Night at Linthicum Library, 400 Shipley Rd., Linthicum, Md.
  • 7:30pm: “Heaven’s Gate” (1981). The re-edited, re-released effort to salvage a film that failed spectacularly a year before, about a little-known incident in the Old West. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

Friday:

  • 2pm: A Friday matinee at West End Library, 1101 24th St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 724-8707 for details.
  • 4pm: A Friday film at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 671-3121 for details.
  • 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “A Town Called Mercy,” from the 7th series. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7pm: “Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer” (2013). A documentary about the Brooklyn based cameraman. Part of the National Gallery of Art series “On the Street” at American University’s Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
  • 7:30pm: “Heaven’s Gate” (1980). The original, sprawling, failed cut. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
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