There be monsters on the big screen.
With a big-budget (and, for some Japanese tastes, big-boned) remake of “Godzilla” storming into first-run movie theaters later this month, the free movie scene is getting an early jump on the outsized, city destroying action, with several classic monster movies highlighting the schedule this week.
The week also includes a new, 35-mm print of Scarlett Johansson’s breakout movie, “Lost in Translation,” screening for free at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery.
There are also recent Oscar nominees, classic screwball comedies, and more than a couple of movies set in the Roaring ’20s.
And while most of this year’s free outdoor movie festivals haven’t even started yet, the one at Union Market in Northeast DC is ending this week. And how it ends is up to you.
Details in the full list of free movies this week, starting with Saturday, May 3rd:
- 11am: “Little Women” (1994). The most recent film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel will play at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, D.C.
- 1pm: “Batad” (2006). A boy raised on a rice farm tries to prove he’s worthy of the city girl he loves by owning a pair of hiking boots. Part of the Foreign Film Series at Montgomery County’s Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.
- 2pm: “Frozen” (2013). Disney’s blockbuster story of sisterhood and wintry magic is playing at two branches of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library: Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., and Herring Run Branch, 3801 Erdman Ave.
- 2pm: A family movie matinee at Broadneck Library, 1275 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis, Md. Call (410) 222-1905 for details.
- 3:30pm: Four short films from Hungary’s Balázs Béla Studio Will screen as part of the series “Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces: Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe, 1960 – 1990” at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “The Farm,” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 7:30pm: “Them!” (1954). Nuclear radiation unleashes giant ants on a small town. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: “Casablanca” (1942). Of all the juke joints in all the world, this movie still stands as one of the most beloved of all time. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 2pm: “Lost in Translation” (2003). An aging actor and a bored newlywed from an unusually strong bond during a few fleeting, lonely days and nights in Tokyo. Playing at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
- 4:30pm: “The Great Flood” (2013). A visual poem culled from footage of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 6pm: “Gravity” (2013). A rookie astronaut fights for survival after a catastrophe high above the earth. Playing at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
- 8pm: “¡Three Amigos!” (1986). Three silent films stars are mistaken for real-life heroes by a group of Mexican villagers tormented by the crime boss El Guapo. Part of a month of Chevy Chase flicks at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 8:30pm: “The Heartbreak Kid” (1972). A Jewish New Yorker pursues a leggy blonde while on his honeymoon. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 2pm: Marvelous Movie Monday at D.C.’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW. Film repeats at 6:30pm. Call (202) 282-0021 for details.
- 5pm: “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” (2002). In honor of May the Fourth (be with you), the middle film of the prequel trilogy will play at Baltimore’s Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.
- 5pm: “Captain Phillips” (2013). The true story of piracy aboard the Maersk Alabama. Playing at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
- 6pm: “The Sting” (1973). A master con man teams up with an up and comer to bilk a banker. Part of the series “Cool Hand Paul” at the National Theatre’s Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 8pm: “The Living Head” (1963). Archeologists awaken a decapitated Aztec general in his ancient tomb. A Cinco de Mayo film hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 8:30pm: “Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music” (1965). The full-color NBC telecast will play at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 12pm: A May matinee at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 281-2598 for details.
- 3pm: “Lilo and Stitch” (2002). A Hawaiian girl takes in a banished space alien as a pet. A Celebrate Family Heritage Feature at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, D.C.
- 4pm: “The Great Muppet Caper” (1981). Miss Piggy is mistaken for a jewel thief in this heist spoof. A movie for National Bike Month at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 5:30pm: “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013). Terrorists trap the president inside the White House, and only a disgraced Secret Service agent can save him. Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
- 6pm: “Labor Day” (2013). A single mother and her son offer a wounded man a ride, not realizing he’s an escaped convict. A Pop Movie from Page to Screen at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
- 6pm: A movie in honor of Older Americans Month will screen at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 727-0232 for details about “The Silver Screen” series.
- 7pm: “Mud” (2012). Two boys help a fugitive tenure with his lost love. A Film to Talk About at Howard County’s Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md.
- 7pm: A First Tuesday family flick at Riviera Beach Library, 1130 Duvall Hwy., Pasadena, Md. Call (410) 222-6285 for details.
- 8:30pm: “The Hurricane” (1999). The true story of Ruben “Hurricane” Carter, a heavyweight boxer who spent years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 3pm: A Wednesday Night Teen Movie at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 282-3139 for details.
- 5pm: “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961). A big insurance payout could be just the thing a poor black family needs. Unless it isn’t. Playing at Reisterstown Road Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, Md.
- 5pm: “Dillinger” (1973). The life and exploits of the Depression-era gangster. Southeast Cinematheque at Baltimore’s Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.
- 6pm: “Gravity” (2013). Playing again at Prince Frederick Library, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, Md.
- 6:30pm: A movie from the pre-Hays Code era at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
- 8:30pm: “All the President’s Men” (1976). Woodward and Bernstein on the Watergate trail. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 3pm: “Prom” (2011). A teen falls for the guy who’s getting in the way of her perfect night. Playing at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 3pm: “You Can’t Take It with You” (1938). A screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 4pm: Teen movie night at D.C.’s Southeast Library, 403 7th St., SE. Call (202) 698-3377 for details.
- 6pm: “The Great Gatsby” (1974). A story of fabulous wealth and unrequited love from the Roaring 20s. Playing at Alexandria’s Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd.
- 6:30pm: “Thoroughly Modern Milly” (1967). Julie Andrews stars in this movie about the Roaring 20s at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1751 for details.
- 6:30pm: “Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective” (1986). A rodent sleuth investigates the disappearance of a toymaker in this family movie at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
- 7pm: “In the Bedroom” (2001). A couple struggles with their son’s murder. Based on the short story “Killings” by Andre Dubus. Part of the “Read the Book First! Book Club and Film” series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 7pm: “The Devil’s Mask” (1946). A shrunken head found inside a crashed plane holds the key to a secret code. A “We Love a Mystery” movie at Bull Run Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
- 7:30pm: A monster double feature: “Godzilla” (1954) and “Gigantis, the Fire Monster” (1955). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: “A Place in the Sun” (1951). A poor young man gets a job with his rich uncle and falls in love with two women. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 12pm: “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns” Episode 1, “Gumbo,” traces the origins of the musical form out of the cultural hodge-podge of New Orleans. Part of Jazz at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 2pm: A POV Documentary screening at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1751 for details.
- 4pm: A Friday film at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 671-3121 for details.
- 6pm: A James Bond movie, to be determined by Facebook vote. The choices are “From Russia with Love” (1963), “Goldfinger” (1964), and “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977). The winner will be the final film of the Spring Drive-In at Union Market. Parking costs $10, but walkups are free. 1309 5th St., NE, Washington, D.C.
- 7pm: “The House I Live In” (2012). A documentary that argues the War on Drugs is a failure. Part of Meaningful Movies Olney at the Buffington Building Community Room, 3300 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, Md.
- 7pm: “Elena” (2012). The true story of a young Brazilian woman who travels to New York in search of her sister, who left decades before to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Director Petra Costa will attend the screening at Bloombars, 3222 11th St., NW, Washington, D.C. A $10 donation is suggested. RSVP here.
- 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “The Snowmen,” the 2012 Christmas special. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 7pm: “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982). A boy forms a powerful bond with an otherworldly visitor. Part of the Films in the Park series at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1920). John Barrymore stars as the good London doctor who turns evil after drinking a potion. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: “Scent of a Woman” (1992). A prep-school student takes a job babysitting a blind man and finds more than he bargained for. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.