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Family films abound once again in this week’s list of free movies from Baltimore to Washington, including some films that may spark nostalgia for your childhood, if you’re of a certain age.

We’re thinking “Princess Bride,” the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and “Mary Poppins.”

This week’s list also includes a movie many Generation X’ers might have tried to watch behind their parents’ backs: “Risky Business” with Tom Cruise.

In fact, there are two chances this week to see the movies that made Tom Cruise the A-list star he’s still proving to be after more than 30 years. It’s a cheaper alternative than the $10 or so to see him in his latest blockbuster.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, June 28th:

Saturday:

  • 11am: Several films for children. First, two cartoons about artists Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, followed at noon by “Degas and the Dancer” (1999). Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 12pm: FIFA World Cup matches will be shown on the big screen at the Plaza at National Harbor, Md.
  • 1pm: “The Sandlot” (1993). A new kid in the neighborhood tries to make friends through baseball. An afternoon movie at Severn Library, 2624 Annapolis Rd., Annapolis, Md. Call (410) 222-6280 for details.
  • 2pm: “Judge Dredd” (1995). Sylvester Stallone plays a cryogenically frozen cop who’s unthawed to help a crime-free future society fight a killer. Part of Science Fiction Summer at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “Resurrection Ship (Part 2),” from season 2. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992). The film adaptation of David Mamet’s gritty Broadway play about the price one pays to “Always Be Closing.” Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2011). A group of British retirees finds their luxury Indian hotel isn’t quite as elegant as they expected. Part of Movies @ Penrose Square, 2597 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.
  • 9pm: “Risky Business” (1983). Tom Cruise’s breakout role as a teen who turns pimp while his parents are away. Part of Summer Movies at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 9pm: “The Princess Bride” (1987). A farm boy rescues a fair maiden from a beastly prince. Moonlit Movies at Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center, 101 Centerway, Greenbelt, Md.
  • Sunset: “Despicable Me” (2010). An evil villain shows his soft side when he reluctantly adopts three kids. The kickoff of Movies on the Beach, 8916 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach, Md.

Sunday:

  • 12pm: FIFA World Cup matches will be shown on the big screen at the Plaza at National Harbor, Md.
  • 12pm: “Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist” (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: “Beijing Bicycle” (2001). A stolen bicycle connects several stories in this drama from Sixth Generation filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai. Part of the series “China and Kenya on Film” at the Freer Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2pm: The Civil Disobedience film series continues 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.
  • 6pm: “The Princess Diaries” (2001). A nerdy teen discovers she’s a member of an obscure nation’s royal line. Part of Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor, Md.
  • 7pm: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003). A noble blacksmith teams up with a self-important pirate to rescue the love of his life from a band of undead scalawags. Part of Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
  • 8:30pm: “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003). A middle-aged playboy unexpectedly falls for a professional woman close to his own age. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Monday:

  • 11am: A G-rated Monday matinee at Potomac Library, 2201 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge, Va. Call (703) 792-8330 for details.
  • 12pm: FIFA World Cup matches will be shown on the big screen at the Plaza at National Harbor, Md.
  • 12:30pm: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (1990). The original movie about the heroes in a half shell franchise plays at Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 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: “Spirited Away” (2001). A young girl is cast into a magical realm after her parents are turned into pigs. A teen movie at Edgewater Library, 25 Stepneys Ln., Edgewater, Md.
  • 3:30pm: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (2013). Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves venture closer to the gold-hoarding dragon’s lair. A matinee at Alexandria’s Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd.
  • 5pm: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (2013). A teen’s machine that turns weather into food creates an island full of monsters. Playing at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
  • 8pm: “Let’s Visit the World of the Future (Church of Subgenius Night)” (1973). An unspeakable prediction, hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Films Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Mary Poppins” (1964). Disney’s practically perfect nanny comes to the outdoor big screen at the Columbia Lakefront Summer Movie Festival, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975). A daytime bank robbery sparks a media circus. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Top Gun” (1986). A reckless fighter pilot falls in love with the instructor at the Navy’s most elite flight school. Part of this summer’s Crystal Screen series “In Flight.” 1851 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va.

Tuesday:

  • 12pm: FIFA World Cup matches will be shown on the big screen at the Plaza at National Harbor, Md.
  • 6pm: “Up” (2009). A retired balloon salesman takes his house on a high-flying adventure of a lifetime. Family Movie Night at Palisades Library, 4901 V St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: A Cult Classics film series gets under way at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW, Washington, D.C. Email Megan McNitt for more information.
  • 7pm: “Frozen” (2013). An enchanted (or cursed) ueen sets off an eternal winter in her Scandinavian village. A First Tuesday family flick at Riviera Beach Library, 1130 Duvall Hwy., Pasadena, Md. Call (410) 222-6285 for details.
  • 8:30pm: A movie to be named later at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday:

  • 2pm: “Through the Consul’s Eyes” (1999). A documentary about a little-known French diplomat who was on the frontlines of China’s history at the turn of the 20th century. Part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the Freer Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
  • 6pm: “Stardust” (2007). A young man promises to retrieve a fallen star for his true love. Father/Son Book and Movie Club at Waldorf West Library, 10405 O’Donnell Pl., Waldorf, Md.
  • 6:30pm: A pre-Hays code movie plays at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
  • 7pm: “The Guardian” (2006). A troubled but talented swimmer learns some hard lessons from a veteran Coast Guard instructor. Part of the GatewayDC Summer Film Series at St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion, 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: A movie to be named later at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Sunset: “Clueless” (1995). A high school A-lister tries to boost a new student’s popularity by playing matchmaker. Part of NoMa Summer Screen’s “Unlikely Friendships,” 2nd and L Sts., NE, Washington, D.C.

Thursday:

  • Movie Madness at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 727-0321 for details.
  • Teen Movie Night at Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Title will be revealed that night.
  • 6:30pm: “The Lion King” (1994). Just a few weeks after marking its 20th anniversary, you can bring your kids along to sing Hakuna Matata. A Summer Movie Singalong at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Frozen (Sing-a-long version)” (2013). The bouncing snowflake edition of this film plays at Movies on the Square at Rockville Town Square, 200 E. Middle Ln., Rockville, Md.
  • 8:30pm: A movie to be named later Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 8:30pm: “Life of Pi” (2012). A young man survives a disaster at sea, with only a Bengal tiger to keep him company. Part of Movies @ The Mill at Arlington Mill, 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington, Va.

Friday:

  • 12pm: FIFA World Cup matches will be shown on the big screen at the Plaza at National Harbor, Md.
  • 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode is the 7th series finale: The Name of the Doctor.” 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7pm: “The Rookie” (2002). A high school baseball coach gets a shot at the big leagues. Films in the Park at Mosaic, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax, Va.
  • 8:30pm: A movie to be named later at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
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