Free Flicks: The Best of Films and The Worst of Films

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” for the local free movie scene.

This week’s roster includes a film that tops many critics’ lists of the worst of all time: Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 from Outer Space.”

It also includes some of the best films ever, such as last year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, “12 Years a Slave,” along with other Academy Award-winning films.

And in between are family movies, comic book hero pictures, comedies and films both fictional and documentary about the Normandy invasion during World War II, leading up to the 70th anniversary of D-Day coming up at the end of the week.

Here is the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, May 31st:

Saturday:

  • 10am: A Saturday morning movie at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, 269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, Md. Call (410) 222-1770 for details.
  • 2pm: “Thor: The Dark World” (2013). The God of Thunder’s earthly love becomes possessed by creatures bent on destroying the universe and replacing it with one of their own. Playing at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 2pm: “El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem” (2012). A documentary about the changes to the Continental United States’ largest Puerto Rican neighborhood. Playing at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “Black Cross (Knights of the Teutonic Order)” (1960). A knight sets out to rescue his kidnapped love at the height of the Teutonic War. 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.
  • 2pm: “Cars” (2006). A cocky racecar learns the meaning of friendship after getting lost in a small town. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Flight of the Phoenix,” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “On the Waterfront” (1954). A former boxer tries to be a “contender” against his corrupt union bosses. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 9pm: “Waiting for Guffman” (1996). Members of a community theater go a little overboard when they hear someone from Broadway is interested in their show. Part of Summer Movies at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 9pm: “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 of the Moonlit Movies at Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center, 101 Centerway, Greenbelt, Md.

Sunday:

  • 1pm: A foreign double feature: “Two Men in Manhattan” (1959) and The Day He Arrives” (2011). Playing at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 3pm: “Harvest of Despair” (1985). A documentary about the Ukrainian terror famine of 1932-33 and how it shaped that Marion’s fragile relationship with Russia. Playing at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 4pm: Two short films from the early 1970s that were censored and salvaged during the Soviet era. 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.
  • 6pm: “Finding Nemo” (2003). An overprotective clown fish swims way out of his comfort zone to find his missing son. Movies on the Potomac, on the plaza at National Harbor, Md.
  • 7pm: “A League of Their Own” (1992). The story of the women who kept the national pastime going while the Boys of Summer fought overseas in World War II. Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Rocky” (1976). A small-time boxer gets a shot at the heavyweight champion. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Monday:

  • 2pm: Marvelous Movie Monday at D.C.’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW. Movie repeats at 6:30. Call (202) 282-0021 for details.
  • 3:30pm: “Thor: The Dark World” (2013). Playing again as part of the Teen Movie Series at Edgewater Library, 25 Stepneys Ln., Edgewater, Md.
  • 5pm: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ” (2013). Fresh from winning Panem’s cruel annual bloodsport, Katniss Everdeen is forced into an even more harrowing game of survival, even as a revolution builds around her. Playing at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
  • 6:30pm: Films from Germany and China kick off EuroAsia Shorts 2014 at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8pm: “Plan 9 from Outer Space” (1959). The bad movie to beat all bad movies, hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Films Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “As Good As It Gets” (1997). A misanthropic writer sparks an unlikely love affair with a waitress. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Airplane!” (1980). The classic spoof of 1970s disaster films kicks off this summer’s Crystal Screen series “In Flight.” 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va.

Tuesday:

  • 5:30pm: “The Best Man” (1999). A novelist is about to be best man at his friend’s wedding, and tries to hide that he once slept with the bride. Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: A Pop Movie at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 6pm: “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010). A teen discovers he’s a son of Greek gods. Playing at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: A film about dancing will play at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 727-0232 for more information about the June movie series “Twinkle Toes.”
  • 6:30pm: EuroAsia Shorts 2014 continues with films from Korea and Italy. Playing at the Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: A First Tuesday family flick at Riviera Beach Library, 1130 Duvall Hwy., Pasadena, Md. Call (410) 222-6285 for details.
  • 8:30pm: “The Graduate” (1967). A college graduate is seduced by the wife of his father’s business partner. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday:

  • 3pm: A Wednesday night teen movie at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 282-3139 for details.
  • 6pm: Father/Son Book and Movie Club at Waldorf West Library, 10405 O’Donnell Pl., Waldorf, Md. Call (301) 645-1395 for details.
  • 6pm: “Captain Phillips” (2013). The true story of piracy aboard the Maersk Alabama. Cinema Café at Prince Frederick Library, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick, Md.
  • 6:30pm: EuroAsia Shorts 2014 continues with films from Japan and Spain . Playing at the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, 1150 18th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: A pre-Hays Code movie will play at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
  • 8:30pm: “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989). An elderly Southern woman forms a deep bond with her African-American chauffeur. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012). A former mental patient’s road to normal veers off course when he meets a woman who may be just as crazy as he is. Part of NoMa Summer Screen’s “Unlikely Friendships,” 2nd and L Sts., NE, Washington, D.C.

Thursday:

  • 3pm: “Where Eagles Dare” (1968). Allied agents raid a Nazi-occupied castle to rescue an American general. The first in a monthlong series of films about D-Day and World War II at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 6pm: Movie Madness for teens at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 6pm: “12 Years a Slave” (2013). The true story of a free black man from New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. An Oscar movie screening at Alexandria’s Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd.
  • 6:30pm: “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (1989). A suburban scientist’s invention accidentally sends his kids off on an unbelievable adventure in their backyard. A family movie at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 6:30pm: EuroAsia Shorts 2014 continues with films from France and Asia. Playing at the Alliance Française de Washington​​​, 2142 Wyoming Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: A “Range Busters” double feature: “Saddle Mountain Roundup” (1941) and “Tonto Basin Outlaws” (1941). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Pretty Woman” (1990). A wealthy man falls in love with a prostitute he hires to accompany him on society events. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “The Sandlot” (1993). A new kid in the neighborhood wants to play ball. The first film in the series “It’s a Whole New Ballgame” at Canal Park, 200 M St., SE, Washington, D.C.

Friday:

  • 12pm: “The True Glory” (1945). The U.S. War Department’s filmed document of the Normandy invasion. Playing for the 70th anniversary of D-Day at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: A wedding movie at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 3pm: Science Friday. Two episodes of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” will play at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd., NE, Washington, D.C.
  • 3:30pm: A movie for World Oceans Day at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
  • 4pm: A Friday film at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 671-3121 for details.
  • 6:30pm: EuroAsia Shorts 2014 concludes with films from around the world. . Playing at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “Hide,” from the 7th series.
  • 7pm: “The Exiles” (1961). This newly unearthed independent film follows a group of young Native Americans from the reservation to the alls Angeles neighborhood of Bunker Hill. at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” (1954). An ex-tennis pro plots to kill his wife. Part of the 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: “The Great Gatsby” (2013). Baz Luhrmann’s lavish, hip-hop infused adaptation of the Roaring 20s tale. Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “Dave” (1993). A guy who looks like the president takes over when the real Commander in Chief slips into a coma. Part of the Golden Cinema Series at Farragut Square in downtown Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “The Longest Day” (1962). The Normandy invasion, as seen by the Allies and the Germans. A D-Day movie at Bull Run Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., Manassas, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (2013). Flint Lockwood’s food-weather machine creates a monster. Actually, lots of them. Crescent Cinema at Madison Crescent, Rt. 15 and Rt. 29, Gainesville, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “Uksuum Cauyai: The Drums of Winter” (1989). A documentary about the suppression of indigenous drumming in remote Alaska. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006). A naïve woman learns to adapt quickly to a ruthless fashion magazine editor. Part of the Rosslyn Summer Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “L.A. Confidential” (1997). Three cops investigate a string of murders in corrupt 1950s Los Angeles. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
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