By Nathan Hager

Science fiction fans have been waiting decades for this.

The movie adaptation of “Ender’s Game” finally arrives in theaters this weekend, and hordes of fans who grew up on Orson Scott Card’s tale of a little boy with potentially world-saving video game skills will be crowding the multiplex.

You could fight for a seat, or you could beat the crowds and see a wide array of free movies this week, some based on other best-selling books, others just silly comedies. A few movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age are screening as well.

Also of note: the annual Alexandria Film Festival begins late in the week. Most of the movies will cost you, but the ones playing at the Beatley Central Library are free of charge, starting Friday.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, November 2nd.


  • 1pm: Chori, Chori (2003). A Bollywood version of the movie Housesitter. Part of the Foreign Film Series at Montgomery County’s Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.
  • 2pm: Opera Jawa (2006). A musical inspired by a scene from the great Hindu epic “Ramayana.” Part of the series “Performing Indonesia: A Festival and Conference of Music, Dance and Drama” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Dr. at 12th St., SW.
  • 2pm: a double feature of films by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Oedipus Rex (1967) and Notes for an African Oresteia (1970). Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 2pm: The Parade (2011). The struggle to organize a gay pride parade in war torn Serbia. Part of the Global Lens film series at Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 7:30pm: The Half-Breed (1916). An outcast protects a woman he finds lost in the forest. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.


  • 4:30pm: Medea (1969). The myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece. Part of a series of films by Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 6pm: Eat Pray Love (2010). A recently divorced woman takes a trip around the world to find herself. Playing at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 8pm: Step Brothers (2008). Two middle aged losers are forced to be roommates after the parents they still live with get married. Part of the “Will Ferrell Tribute!” at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.


  • 12pm: My Lucky Star (2004). The story of a woman who survived several concentration camps. Part of the Czech documentary series “Docs in Salute” at the Library of Congress’s Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave., SE.
  • 6pm: Mildred Pierce (1945). A jilted wife triumphs as an independent woman, though she struggles to please her daughter. Part of the series “Joan Crawford: Hollywood Star” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
  • 8pm: Stewardess School (1986). An 80s sex comedy about an unlikely class of would-be flight attendants. Featuring the guy who played Ralph Malph in “Happy Days.” Hosted by the Washington Psychotropic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.


  • 12pm: Doomsday Preppers (2013). An episode of the National Geographic Channel series about ordinary Americans who stock up for disaster. Part of Tuesdays at Noon at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St., NW.
  • 5pm: The Parade (2011). A repeat screening as part of the Global Lens film series at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic Ave., SW.
  • 6pm: Milk (2008). The biopic starring Sean Penn as California’s first openly gay elected leader. It kicks off the series “Tales of the City: San Francisco” at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW.
  • 6pm: Cairo 678 (2010). A searing drama about sexual violence against women in Egypt. Part of the Global Lens film series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
  • 6:30pm: The Student (2011). A university student joins a revolutionary group on campus to get closer to an attractive teacher. Part of the Global Lens film series at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic Ave., SW.
  • 7pm: The Tree (L’Arbre) (2010). An eight year old girl hears her late father speaking to her through the leaves of her home’s giant tree. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.


  • 6pm: Buena Vista Social Club (1999). Aging Cuban musicians in a triumphant reunion. Playing at the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Sts., NW.
  • 6:30pm: Notorious (1946). A woman is recruited to spy on Nazis in South America. Part of the Hitchcock film series at the Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va.
  • 6:30pm: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2012). A PBS program exploring 1,400 years of works from the Muslim world. Part of the Muslim Journey’s film series at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 7:30pm: North by Northwest (1959). An ad exec is mistaken for a spy. Part of the “Library of Congress Presents” series at the historic State Theatre, 311 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.


  • 10:30am: Belonging (2004). A woman raised in Britain returns to her ancestral homeland: South Africa. Playing at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE.
  • 3pm: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011). Some British retires discover the luxurious hotel they’ve been promises in India isn’t as fancy as they’d thought. Playing at the Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 6pm: Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011). Tyler Perry’s cantankerous grandma tries some tough love to bring her family together. Part of the Tyler Perry Film Series at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW.
  • 6pm: Casablanca (1942). A man caught between love and virtue in war-torn Morocco. An Oscar film screening at the Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: The Hustler (1961). A young pool shark challenges a long-time champion to one winner-take-all game. A Film to Talk About at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 7:30pm: Airplane! (1980). The seminal spoof of 1970s disaster films. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: The Radiant (2012). A look at the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Playing at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Ring Auditorium, 7th St. and Independence Ave., SW.