Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, but judging by the DC-Baltimore region’s free movie scene, the lazy, hazy, crazy days are already here.
Three more outdoor movie festivals are kicking off this week: Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor, NoMa Summer Screen in Northeast DC, and the Rosslyn Summer Film Festival near the Key Bridge in Arlington.
That’s in addition to the drive-in-style movie presentations already under way at the Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, Virginia; Wine Bin in Ellicott City, Maryland; Stonebridge Town Center in Woodbridge; Mosaic in Fairfax; and Farragut Square in downtown Washington.
If you prefer air conditioning, there are plenty of classics showing indoors this week, including a series of Hitchcock films and a Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney musical that includes, of all things, a Christmas tune. Guess it’s not summer everywhere just yet.
Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, May 24th:
- 12pm: The Cape Verdean American Film Festival” at Bloombars, 3222 11th St., NW, Washington, D.C. More than ten films from around the world will be shown, along with Q&A’s from some of the filmmakers. A $10 donation is suggested. RSVP here.
- 1pm: Two features. First, “The Magic Flute” (1975), Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of the fanciful Mozart opera. Then at 4pm, a collection of experimental films from Croatia and Serbia 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.
- 2pm: “Gravity” (2013). The movie that proves space is not the best place to get stranded. Playing at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, DC.
- 2pm: A matinee in honor of Memorial Day at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
- 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Final Cut,” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 8pm: “Field of Dreams” (1989). Ghostly ballplayers visit an Iowa farmer after he builds a baseball diamond in his cornfield. Screen on the Green at Paradise Springs Winery, 13219 Yates Ford Rd., Clifton, Va.
- 8:30pm: “Dr. Strangelove” (1964). Stanley
Kubrick’s legendary comedy about nuclear annihilation plays at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 9pm: “Casino Royale” (2006). James Bond takes on a high-stakes gambler in his first mission as Agent 007. Part of the Summer Movie Kickoff at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
- 4:30pm: “A Short Film About Killing (1988). From Krzysztof Kieślowski’s miniseries “The Decalogue,” a modern-day tale based on the 5th Commandment: Thou shalt not kill. 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, D.C.
- 6pm: “Up” (2007). An elderly widower rigs his home with thousands of balloons and sets sail on an adventure of a lifetime. The first movie of this year’s Movies on the Potomac, on the plaza at National Harbor, Md.
- 7pm: “The Incredibles” (2004). A family of superheroes tries to blend in after the world decides it doesn’t want saving anymore. Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
- 8pm: “Caddyshack” (1980). Golf has never been funnier before or since this movie was made. Part of a month of Chevy Chase flicks at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.
- 8:30pm: “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968). A millionaire art thief meets his match in a sexy investigator. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 8:30pm: “High Noon” (1952). A newly married sheriff is forced to protect his town from a killer, one last time. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 4:30pm: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005). Four English siblings enter a closet and exit into the fantastic world of Narnia. Reel Reading Movie Night at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, D.C.
- 6pm: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001). An abused young boy discovers more power inside him than anyone in the humdrum normal world could have imagined. Playing at Elkridge Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, Md.
- 6pm: A Pop Movie at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
- 7pm: “Africa Dreaming” (1997). Four episodes of a TV miniseries, each produced in four different countries, all on the theme of love in Africa Playing at Bloombars, 3222 11th St., NW, Washington, D.C. A $10 donation is suggested. RSVP here.
- 8:30pm: “In the Heat of the Night” (1967). A black detective is called upon to investigate a murder in a racially charged Southern town. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 1pm: “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944). Four sisters learn lessons of life and love leading up to the 1904 World’s Fair. A midday movie musical at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va.
- 7pm: “Freedom Summer” (2013). The dangerous, often life-threatening, effort to register African-American voters in Mississippi during the civil rights era. Director Stanley Nelson will attend the screening at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 8:30pm: “12 Angry Men” (1957). The real courtroom drama is inside the jury room. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- Sunset: “Back to the Future” (1985). A teenage slacker accidentally drives his mad inventor friend’s time-traveling Delorean to 1955, where he has to play matchmaker to his parents or risk being erased from existence. The first movie of this year’s NoMa Summer Screen, 2nd and L Sts., NE, Washington, D.C.
- 3pm: “The Lady Eve” (1941). A beautiful card shark tries to make a mark out of a brewery heir. She didn’t expect to fall in love with him. A screwball comedy from Hollywood’s Golden Age at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
- 6pm: “The Dinner” (2013). A documentary about sustainable farming in St. Mary’s County. Playing at Lexington Park Library, 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park, Md.
- 6:30pm: “Man of the Century” (1999). A man lives like he’s in the 1920s at the turn of the century — the 21st century. A Roaring 20s movie at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
- 6:30pm: “The Cotton Club (1984). The story of the famous Jazz Age nightclub in Harlem. Playing at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
- 7pm: “The Westland Case” (1937). A girl is murdered inside a room with all it’s doors and windows locked from the inside. Part of the “We Love a Mystery” movie series at Bull Run Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
- 7:30pm: “The Mishaps of Musty Suffer” (1915-1917). A presentation of inexplicably forgotten silent shorts, now preserved in new HD prints, about a tramp who suffers, Job-like, through a series of mishaps. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8:30pm: “Vertigo” (1958). A private detective suffering from extreme dizziness becomes obsessed with an old friend’s wife, whom he’s been asked to investigate. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 12pm: A selection of short films related to the U.S. government’s use of jazz in Cold War diplomacy. Part of Jazz at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 2pm: A PBS POV documentary 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.
- 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “Cold War,” from the 7th series. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
- 7pm: A selection of short films by Charles Lim Li Yong, presented in person by the filmmaker, will play at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
- 7pm: “Rear Window” (1954). An injured photographer is convinced a murderer lives in his apartment building. Part of a series “Twisting the Knife: Hitchcock’s Scary Love Stories” at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
- 7pm: “Monsters University” (2013). When Mike met Sully. Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
- 7:30pm: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939). An idealistic man tries to take on corruption head-on when he’s appointed to fill a U.S. Senate seat. Part of the Golden Cinema Series at Farragut Square in downtown Washington, D.C.
- 7:30pm: “Winning” (1969). A racecar driver’s obsessive style on the track threatens his relationship with his wife and stepson. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
- 8pm: “Office Space” (1999). A young corporate drone decides one day, when it comes to his job, he’s just not gonna go. The first movie of the Rosslyn Summer Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
- 8:30pm: “North by Northwest” (1959). Dangerous men mistake an advertising executive for a spy. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.