By Nathan Hager

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – This is a pretty good month for families looking for something to see at the movies.

The CGI update to the old “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” cartoons is new in theaters this weekend, and in just a couple of weeks, the Muppets will be back on the big screen in “Muppets Most Wanted.”

But if your kids just can’t wait — or you just want to beat the crowd — a vast selection of classic and newer family movies are playing for free this week in and around DC and Baltimore.

Plus there are films tied to Women’s History Month and Irish-American Heritage Month; more than one movie from the legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa; and for the truly adventurous, a B-movie with the characters from the Archie comics in, let’s say, compromising positions.

Here’s the full list of free movies for the week starting Saturday, March 8th:


  • 1pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Gru is recruited to fight a new super-villain. A weekend movie at Severn Library, 2624 Annapolis Rd., Severn, Md.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica:” “The Hand of God,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7:30pm: A Julie Christie double-feature: “Petulia” (1968) and “Don’t Look Now” (1973). Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.


  • 2pm: “The Bad Sleep Well” (1960). Elements of “Hamlet” and film noir combine in this story of a man who seeks revenge for his father’s suicide by marrying a wealthy industrialist’s daughter. Part of 2the series “Kurosawa’s Shakespeare” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW.
  • 2pm: “Circle of Friends” (1995). The lives and loves of a group of college friends in 1950s Ireland. An Irish-American Heritage Month film screening at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 2pm: “Shrek” (2001). An ogre joins a talking donkey on a quest to save his swamp. Playing at the historic State Theatre, 305 S. Main St., Culpeper, Va.
  • 4pm: A screening of films produced by the Videofreex collective at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • 8pm: “The NeverEnding Story” (1984). A young boy’s imagination propels the story he’s secretly reading in his school attic. Part of “Fantasy Flicks!” month at Tallula EatBar, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Va.


  • 12pm: “The Legend of Time” (2006). A quasi-documentary about the lat flamenco singer Camaron de la Isla. Playing at the Library of Congress Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave., SE.
  • 3pm: “Men in Black 3” (2012). Agent J travels back in time to stop an alien from assassinating a young Agent K. Playing at Reisterstown Road Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, Md.
  • 4pm: A teen movie at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1705 for details.
  • 5pm: “The Muppets” (2011). A man and his Muppet brother try to get Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the gang back together for one more show. Playing at Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962). The epic starring Peter O’Toole as dashing British soldier T. E. Lawrence. Part one screens as part of the Books on Film series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
  • 6pm: “Moneyball” (2011). The true story of how statistical analysis helped turn the struggling Oakland A’s into a World Series contender. Part of a series of Oscar winners and nominees at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
  • 6:30pm: “In Face of the Crime” (2010). A ten-part German miniseries about a cop torn between duty and heritage in Berlin’s Russian-Jewish community. Parts 4-7 play at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St., NW.
  • 8pm: “Hot Times” (1974). The characters from the “Archie” comics like you’ve never seen them before, and as you’ll probably wish you never had. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.


  • 12pm: “Lonely Doryman: Portugal’s Men of the Sea” (1968). A classic National Geographic special on the dangerous lives of Portuguese cod fishermen. Part of Tuesdays at Noon at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St., NW.
  • 6pm: Part two of “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) will screen as part of the Popular Movies series at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW.
  • 6pm: A series of films timed to Women’s History Month continues at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW. Call (202) 727-0232 for details on “Herstory.”
  • 6pm: “Getaway” (2013). A former racecar driver steals a young woman’s car and takes her on a wild ride to find his kidnapped wife. Playing at Orleans Street Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 7pm: “Samba on Your Feet” (2006). A behind-the-scenes glimpse at Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. A $10 donation is requested at Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW. RSVP here.


  • 3:45pm: “Alice in Wonderland” (2010). Tim Burton’s take on the Lewis Carroll tale. A movie matinee for teens at Burke Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, Va.
  • 4:30pm: “WALL•E (2008). A robot love story. Playing at DC’s Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
  • 5pm: “Superman” (1978). Christopher Reeve stars in the Man of Steel’s origin story. Southeast Cinematheque at Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Md.


  • 11am: “Fate of a Salesman” (2013). How a longtime business owner deals with gentrification. Playing at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE.
  • 3pm: “The Savages” (2007). A brother and sister face the harsh reality of caring for an aging father. Part of the series “Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman” at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
  • 6pm: “A League of Their Own” (1992). The story of the women who kept the national pastime going while the men fought in World War II. Women’s History Month Movie Night at West End Library, 1101 24th St., NW.
  • 6pm: “Rashomon” (1950). a crime story told from four different points of view. A Thursday Night Film at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6pm: “Coal Country” (2011). In the ongoing conflict between energy needs and environmental impacts, this film asks, “Which side are you on?” Playing at Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md.
  • 6:30pm: “The Muppets Wizards of Oz” (2005). Ashanti stars as aspiring singer Dorothy Gale, who agrees to battle the Wicked Witch of the West (Miss Piggy), in exchange for a shot at superstardom. A family movie at Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, Md.
  • 6:30pm: “Betty and Coretta” (2013). The widows of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., carry on after their iconic husbands’ assassinations. Blockbuster Thursday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
  • 7pm: “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013). A week in the life of a struggling folk singer at the height of the movement in Greenwich Village. New Release Cinema at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, Md.
  • 7:30pm: “The Informer” (1935). An ouster IRA member rats out a friend who killed a member of the Black and Tan in Ireland’s War of Independence. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.


  • 2pm: “Julie & Julia” (2009). A parallel love story follows Julia Child as she enters culinary school in Paris, and a young woman who blogs (and cooks!) her way through the celebrity chef’s best-known cookbook. Part of a series of Oscar winners and nominees at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Va.
  • 4pm: A Friday film at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW. Call (202) 671-3121 for details.
  • 7pm: Dr. Who Happy Hour at the Black Cat. This week’s episode: “Closing Time,” from the 6th series. 1811 14th St., NW.
  • 7pm: “Throne of Blood” (1957). “Macbeth,” as a samurai story. Part of the series “Kurosawa’s Shakespeare” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW.
  • 7:30pm: “The Gangs of New York” (2002). In Civil War-era Manhattan, a young man seeks revenge against the gang leader who killed his father. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.

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