This Week’s Free Movies Have Spring-Like Feel
Easter weekend is all about new beginnings, and that’s certainly reflected in the local movie scene this week.
A number of retrospectives, festivals and movie marathons are just getting started, including series devoted to Charlie Chaplin and Jane Fonda at Silver Spring’s AFI Silver Theater, as well as continuing retrospectives devoted to Steve Martin and Paul Newman.
Also, with Earth Day coming up this Tuesday, you may notice a decidedly environmental theme in many of the movies listed below.
Here is the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, April 19:
- 10am: “The Lorax” (2012). Dr. Seuss’s mustachioed creature who speaks for the trees. A Saturday morning movie at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, 269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, Md.
- 1pm: “The Man Who Planted Trees” (1987). An Oscar-winning short about a landscape that becomes more and more beautiful with each new tree added to its splendor. An Earth Day screening at Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, Md.
- 1:30pm: “Bless Me, Ultima” (2013). A coming of age story about a young man and an elderly medicine woman in a World War II era New Mexico. Playing at Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Md.
- 1:30pm: “Gasland 2” (2013). The followup to Josh Fox’s original documentary, which challenges the idea of natural gas as a cleaner, safer alternative to crude oil. Playing at Baltimore’s Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md.
- 2pm: “He Who Gets Slapped (1924). Lon Chaney stars as a scientist who becomes a circus clown after losing his wife, and his life’s work. The Alloy Orchestra provides live accompaniment of the screening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
- 3:30pm: “The Kid” (1921). Charlie Chaplin’s feature-length debut. Part of a 100th anniversary celebration of the Little Tramp at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
- 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Fragged,” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW.
- 7:30pm: “The Deer Hunter” (1978). The Oscar winning story of Vietnam veterans struggling to put the war behind them in one small town. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 2pm: A Polish double feature. First, “Mother Joan of the Angels” (1961). Then, at 4:30, “Salto (Jump)” (1965). 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.
- 2pm: “Some Like It Hot” (1959). Two unemployed musicians dress in drag to join an all-female band, only to fall in love with the singer. Part of Classic Movies in the Afternoon at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, DC.
- 4pm: “On Golden Pond” (1981). A lifetime of grudges comes out in the open as an elderly couple’s estranged daughter crashes their idyllic anniversary. Part of a Jane Fonda AFI Lifetime Achievement retrospective at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.
- 8pm: “The Jerk” (1979). An idiot tries to make his way without anything… except for this. Part of a month of Steve Martin flicks at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 1pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (2013). A young genius who invents a food-making weather machine now finds he’s created a monster. Playing at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
- 1pm: A Cowboys and Aliens movie marathon starts with “The Lone Ranger” (2013), continues with “Pacific Rim” (2013) and concludes with “Cowboys & Aliens” (2011). Playing at the Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
- 2pm: A Movie Madness double feature. “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010) and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (2013) will play at Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave., SE, Washington, DC.
- 4pm: “The Lorax” (2012). If you missed it Saturday, it’s playing a day before Earth Day at Crofton Library, 1681 Riedel Rd., Crofton, Md.
- 5pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Super-villain Gru is recruited to battle a new super-villain. Playing at Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md.
- 6pm: “Tron” (1982). An iconoclastic computer programmer investigating corporate malfeasance finds himself trapped in the company’s mainframe, and locked in a fight to survive. Playing at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 001 G St., NW, Washington, DC.
- 6pm: “The Hustler” (1961). A pool shark devotes himself to learning the ropes after a devastating loss, but at what cost to his soul? Part of the series “Cool Hand Paul” at the National Theatre’s Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
- 8pm: “Alien Warrior” (1985). A space god tries to save some lives on the streets. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
- 12pm: “Africa’s Wild Coast” (2014). Exploring the biodiversity off the shores of Gabon. Part of Tuesdays at Noon at the National Geographic Museum, 1600 M St., NW, Washington, DC.
- 3:15pm: “WALL•E” (2008). A love story between robots. An Earth Day movie at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, DC.
- 3:30pm: “The Lorax (2012). If you missed it Saturday in Anne Arundel County, it’s playing as an Earth Day movie at West End Library, 1101 24th St., NW, Washington, DC.
- 4:30pm: Reel Reading Movie Night at Rosedale Library. Kids who’ve read Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will vote on whether to watch the 1971 movie adaptation or the one from 2005. 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, DC.
- 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.
- 3:45pm: A movie matinee for teens at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1773 for details.
- 4pm: “Les Visiteurs du Soir” (1942). A story of barons, love and the devil. A special French cinema event at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 3pm: “Nebraska” (2013). An alcoholic father takes his grown son on a road trip to claim a million-dollar prize. Part of Road Movies in April at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 7:30pm: “The Awful Truth” (1937). A screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as a husband and wife who are convinced the other is cheating, and who go to outlandish lengths to try to prove it. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 10am: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (2009). A young genius invents a machine that turns weather into food. What could go wrong? A Family Movie Morning at Deale Library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale, Md.
- 11am: “The Lorax” (2012). An Arbor Day screening, said to be ideal for homeschooled kids, at East Columbia Library, 6600 Candlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
- 12pm: “A Great Day in Harlem” (1994). The story behind one of the most iconic group photographs in jazz history. Part of the series “Jazz at the National Archives” at the William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
- 12:30pm: “Toyen” (2005). A portrayal of the Czech surrealist who went underground during the Nazi occupation of her country. Part of the series “Independent of Reality: Films of Jan Nêmec” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
- 1pm: “The Kite Runner” (2007). A friendship between two Afghan boys is torn apart by a shocking incident. Playing at Calvert County Southern Library, 13920 HG Trueman Rd., Solomons, Md.
- 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.
- 6pm: “Frozen (Sing-Along Version)” (2014). An awkward princess tries to save her village from an eternal winter set off by her sister’s magical powers. Part of the Spring Drive-In at Union Market. Cars cost $10, but walkups are free. 1309 5th St., NE, Washington, DC.
- 6:30pm: “Tango: No me dejes nunca” (1998). A crippled film maker tries to create the ultimate dance movie, and falls in love with the star. Presented by Pan American Symphony Orchestra at the Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
- 7pm: “Garbage Warrior” (2007). One man’s trash is another man’s alternative housing revolution. Part of Meaningful Movies Olney at the Buffington Building Community Room, 3300 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, Md.
- 7pm: “Bach and Friends” (2010). A look at the Baroque composer’s lasting influence. Documentary Friday at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC.
- 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “The Power of Three,” from the 7th series. 1811 14th St., NW.
- 7:30pm: “What’s Up, Doc?” (1972). An homage to classic screwball comedies starring Barbra Streisand as a klutzy student who falls head over heels for her professor (Ryan O’Neal). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.