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Free Summer Movies Perfect Start For Kids’ Summer Vacation

by Nathan Hager
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A general view of the atmosphere at premiere of Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' - Red Carpet at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

A general view of the atmosphere at premiere of Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ – Red Carpet at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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Summer break is fast approaching for school kids in the Baltimore-Washington region. And as the weather warms up they’ll be feverishly looking for something — anything — to do.

One option: the free movie scene.

Local libraries, museums and outdoor movie festivals are offering more titles to cater to kids and teens this week, from art films at the National Art Gallery to classics like “The Wizard of Oz, from animated Disney stuff for the kids to more YA fare like “Ender’s Game” and “The Hunger Games.”

Fear not, though, adults. This week’s schedule has plenty for you, too.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, June 7.

Saturday:

  • 11am: Several films for children. First, two cartoons about artists Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, followed at noon by “Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist” (1999). Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 1pm: “Chushingura: The Loyal 47 Samurai (47 Ronin)” (1958). The traditional tale of 47 samurai who exact revenge for their master after his forced ritual suicide. Part of the Foreign Film Series at Montgomery County’s Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.
  • 1:30pm: A collection of films by Soviet-era Eastern European artists will play as part of the series “Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces: Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe, 1960–1990.” Then at 3:30, the French New Wave film “Little Fugitive” (1953) will screen at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “Ender’s Game” (2013). A young boy is recruited to lead humanity in a battle against alien invaders. Playing at Baltimore’s Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.
  • 2pm: “Paris Is Burning” (1990). The landmark documentary about New York’s drag scene. The kickoff of the “That’s So LGBTQA!” movie series at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “Poetry in Motion” (2012). A documentary about one of the oldest orchestras in the world, East Africa’s Nadi Ikhwan Safaa. Producer Kelly Askew will introduce the screening at Smithsonian’s African Art Museum, 950 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Pegasus,” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “The Gift of Pachamama” (2008). A coming of age story along Bolivia’s “Salt Trail.” Playing at the National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” (1972). Paul Newman stars as the legendary hanging judge of the Old West. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993). A lonely woman falls in love with the voice of a widower that she hears on the radio. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 9pm: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). A Kansas twister sends a farm girl over the rainbow to a magical land. Part of Summer Movies at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.

Sunday:

  • 12pm: “Degas and the Dancer (1999). That’s followed at 1pm by a rescreening of the Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt films for kids at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: Two films that subvert Soviet propaganda: “Hello, Berlin!” (1987) and “The Flipside of the Coin” (2008). Then at 4:30, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Blind Chance” (1981). All playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “Ram-Leela” (2013). “Romeo and Juliet,” Bollywood-style. Part of “Asia After Dark: Bollywood and Beyond” at the Freer Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: “20 Feet from Stardom” (2013). The Oscar-nominated documentary about the unsung heroes of live concerts: backup singers. Playing at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: A Civil Disobedience film series begins at Beatley Central Library, marking 75 years since the first known sit-in at a public library. 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1751 for details.
  • 4pm: “Shark Girl” (2014). The world premiere screening of a Smithsonian Channel documentary about a young woman who grew up swimming with the ocean’s fiercest predator. Shark Girl herself, Madison Stewart, will attend at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: “The Incredibles” (2004). A family of superheroes faces its toughest challenge: blending into a world that doesn’t want to be saved anymore. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor, Md.
  • 7pm: “The Wizard of Oz” (1939). Playing again as part of Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
  • 8:03pm: “Up” (2009). An elderly balloon salesman goes on the high-flying adventure of a lifetime. Part of the Lake Anne Summer Film Festival at Lake Anne Plaza, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967). A liberal couple finds their sensibilities shaken when their daughter comes home with a man of a different race. 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: “The Breakfast Club” (1985). Five teens learn they have a lot more in common than they thought while they’re stuck with each other in detention. Part of the Teen Movie Series at Edgewater Library, 25 Stepneys Ln., Edgewater, Md.
  • 5pm: “Cars” (2006). A cocky racecar learns the value of slowing down. Playing at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
  • 6:30pm: “Community Cornerstones: African-American Communities in Montgomery County.” An hour-long documentary about the churches that provide the backbone of the county’s living experience. Playing at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, Md.
  • 6pm: “Enemy at the Gates” (2001). A Russian sniper and a German sniper play cat and mouse in the Battle of Stalingrad. Books on Film at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8pm: “Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell” (1968). Everything that can go wrong on a flight, does. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Films Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Serpico” (1973). Al Pacino plays the true-life whistleblowing cop. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Drop Zone” (1994). A cop and a skydiver team up against a cybercriminal. Part of this summer’s Crystal Screen series “In Flight.” 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va.

Tuesday:

  • 4pm: “Finding Nemo” (2003). An overprotective clown fish dad loses his son. A children’s movie at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 5:30pm: “The Best Man Holiday” (2013). Old rivalries reignite when college friends get together for Christmas after 15 years. 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, D.C. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • 7pm: Pride Movie Week begins at D.C.’s Southeast Library, 403 7th St., SE. Call (202) 698-3377 for details.
  • 7pm: “City of God: Ten Years Later” (2013). The documentary that catches up with the cast of the acclaimed Portuguese film. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.
  • 8:30pm: “Body and Soul” (1947). An amateur boxer faces tough choices when he decides to go pro. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “All the President’s Men” (1976). Woodward and Bernstein expose Watergate. Part of Adams Morgan Movie Nights at the field at Marie Reed Elementary School, 2201 18th St., 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.
  • 5pm: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968). Stanley Kubrick’s psychedelic sci-fi epic plays at Baltimore’s Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.
  • 5pm: “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962). Gregory Peck plays a noble lawyer who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. Playing at Reisterstown Road Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: Teen Movie Night at D.C.’s Northeast Library, 330 7th St., NE. Call (202) 698-0183 for details.
  • 6pm: “Pitch Perfect” (2012). A college freshman struggles to fit in, until she finds the campus a capella scene. Attendees are invited to try their hand at “Cups” during this screening at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:30pm: “The Little Mermaid” (1989). A lovestruck mermaid longs to be part of that world out of the sea. The kickoff of a Summer Sing-A-Long series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: Pride Movie Week continues at D.C.’s Southeast Library, 403 7th St., SE. Call (202) 698-3377 for details.
  • 8:30pm: “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946). A desperate man who’s convinced he’d be better off dead learns the whole world would be worse off without him. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Midnight in Paris” (2011). A screenwriter visits Paris with his future in-laws and finds himself transported to the 1920s every night. Part of NoMa Summer Screen’s “Unlikely Friendships,” 2nd and L Sts., NE, Washington, D.C.

Thursday:

  • 3pm: “The Longest Day” (1962). An epic depiction of the Normandy invasion, as seen from both sides. Part of a monthlong series of films about D-Day and World War II at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 5:30pm: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013). Just a year after winning the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen is forced into an even deadlier Quarter Quell. Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6:30pm: Blockbuster Thursday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1751 for details.
  • 7:30pm: “Monte Walsh” (1970). Lee Marvin stars in a movie Roger Ebert called “one of the loveliest Westerns I’ve seen in a long time.” Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (2013). Flint Lockwood’s food weather machine creates a monster. The kickoff of Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Terms of Endearment” (1983). The classic tearjerker about a love-hate mother-daughter relationship. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Happy Gilmore” (1996). An overaggressive hockey player tries his hand at golf. Part of the outdoor movie series “It’s a Whole New Ballgame” at Canal Park, 200 M St., SE, Washington, D.C.

Friday:

  • 11am: A H.O.P.E. Theater (Helping Our People Engage) matinee at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd., SE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 715-7707 for details.
  • 12pm: “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns” Episode 4, “The True Welcome,” looks at the rising popularity of jazz at the start of the Great Depression. Part of Jazz at the National Archives, playing at the William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: A wedding movie at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1751 for details.
  • 3pm: “Insidious” (2010). Evil spirits threaten to take a comatose boy to The Further. A scary movie for Friday the 13th at Baltimore’s Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.
  • 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.
  • 4pm: A Friday film at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 671-3121 for details.
  • 6:30pm: “Monsters University” (2013). Mike and Sully, before they were friends. The kickoff of Outdoor Movies at Shamrock Park, Lee Way and Hickory Ave., Bel Air, Md.
  • 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS,” from the 7th series. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “In the Mood for Love” (2000). Wong Kar-Wai’s period pieces about a man and woman who fall in love with each other after they suspect their spouses are cheating on them. Playing at the Freer Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “I Confess” (1953). A priest becomes a murder suspect after refusing to breach his confidence with the real killer. 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 Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013). See it again at Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “My Date with the President’s Daughter” (1996). A teen goes off on a wild adventure with the First Girl. Preceded by the short “The Mouse That Soared.” Part of the Golden Cinema Series at Farragut Square in downtown Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” (1971). Three English children sent to an outside village during World War II discover their caretaker is a witch-in-training! A family movie musical at Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va.
  • 7:30pm: “Frozen” (2013). The most successful animated film of all time, now playing, to quote Olaf the Talking Snowman, “In Summer!” Crescent Cinema at Madison Crescent, Rt. 15 and Rt. 29, Gainesville, Va.
  • 7:30pm: A Western double feature: “Wagon Master” (1950) and “Wagon Train” (1940). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “Horrible Bosses” (2011). Three friends plot a scheme to do away with their terrible employers. Part of the Rosslyn Summer Film Festival at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Blazing Saddles” (1974). Mel Brooks’s hilarious Western sendup shows what happens when the new sheriff in town… doesn’t quite line up with the townsfolk’s expectations. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Ghostbusters” (1984). A team of eccentric scientists start a paranormal extermination business. Movies on the Green at the Lovettsville Town Green, 11 Spring Farm Dr., Lovettsville, Va.

WNEW’sNathan Hager contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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