By Nathan Hager

Free expression. It’s a common theme in this week’s free movie scene.

A couple of films this weekend might have you casting aside inhibition and dancing in the aisles, including the hair metal musical “Rock of Ages” and a documentary about Cuba’s Queen of Salsa.

The DC Public Library is hosting a couple of movie series devoted to free expression: a First Amendment film festival in Shepherd Park, and movies based on books that are frequently challenged in schools at Tenleytown.

The schedule also includes one of the films considered the greatest of all time: Citizen Kane; and one considered one of the worst: Plan 9 from Outer Space.

Here’s the full list for the week starting Saturday, September 20th:

Saturday:

  • 10:30am: A double feature. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007) and “American Hustle” (2013). Playing at Baltimore’s Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.
  • 1:30pm: “Lone Survivor” (2013). The true story of one of the most daring raids in the Afghan war. Playing at Baltimore’s Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.
  • 2pm: “Despicable Me 2” (2013). Gru and the minions take on a new super-villain. Saturday Movie Matinee at Odenton Library, 1325 Annapolis Rd., Odenton, Md.
  • 2:30pm: “Paavo Nurmi: The Man and His Times” (1978). A documentary about an Olympic champion whose career ended in disgrace. Part of the series “A Sense of Time and Place: Peter Von Bagh” at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 2:30pm: Back to School Movie Day at D.C.’s Northeast Library, 330 7th St., NE. Call (202) 698-0058 for details.
  • 7pm: Cylon Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Tonight’s episode of “Battlestar Galactica”: “Exodus (Part 2),” from season 3. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 7:30pm: “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980). Luke Skywalker learns the truth about his past. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
  • 8pm: “Ernest & Celestine” (2012). A bear and a mouse make unlikely friends. Playing at the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center, 101 Centerway, Greenbelt, Md.
  • 8:30pm: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975). A mental patient challenges the system. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • 9pm: “Rock of Ages” (2012). The hair metal musical starring Tom Cruise. Summer Movies at The Wine Bin, 8390 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
    • Sunday:

      • 1pm: The Redskins face the Eagles on the big screen at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.
      • 2pm: “Last Life in the Universe” (2003). A suicidal librarian lies low with a woman in mourning. Part of the series “Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares: The Films of Pen-ek Ratanaruang” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
      • 2pm: “Celia: The Queen” (2008). A documentary about legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz. Playing at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl., SE, Washington, D.C.
      • 4pm: “Intimatta” (2012). A profile of Chilean painter Roberto Matta, directed by his son, Ramuntcho. Playing at the National Gallery of Art’s West Building lecture hall, 6th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
      • 6pm: “Peter Pan” (2003). The live action adaptation of the J. M. Barrie classic. Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor, Md.
      • 7pm: A double feature. “Monsters, Inc.” (2001) and “Monsters University” (2013). Cinema Under the Stars, Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge, Va.
      • 8:30pm: “Gone with the Wind” (1939). The ultimate Confederate love story. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

      Monday:

      • 2pm: Marvelous Movie Mondays at D.C.’s Chevy Chase Library. Movie repeats at 6:30. 5625 Connecticut Ave., NW.
      • 2pm: “Guilty by Suspicion” (1991). A movie executive deals with the fallout from the McCarthy blacklist. First Amendment Film Festival at Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
      • 5pm: “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013). How Walt Disney convinced the author of “Mary Poppins” to sell him the movie rights. Playing at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Library, 1531 W. North Ave.
      • 6pm: “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962). A noble lawyer takes on the case of a wrongfully charged black man in the Jim Crow South. An audio descriptive screening for the blind or visually impaired at Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.
      • 6pm: “From Billions to None” (2014). A documentary about the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Playing at the Natural History Museum’s Baird Auditorium, 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
      • 6:30pm: “James and the Giant Peach” (1996). An orphan rides a huge fruit to the Big Apple. Part of the Banned Books Film Series at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
      • 8pm: “Can I Do It… Till I Need Glasses?” (1977). Robin Williams’s raunchy movie debut. Hosted by the Washington Psychotronic Films Society at McFadden’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
      • 8:30pm: “Marty” (1955). A man who gave up on love finds it anyway. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
      • Tuesday:

        • 2pm: “1984” (1984). A man rebels against us oppressive future society by falling in love. First Amendment Film Festival at Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
        • 4pm: “Divergent” (2014). A teenage girl learns that not fitting in can be deadly. Playing at Reisterstown Road Library, 6310 Reisterstown Rd., Baltimore, Md.
        • 5pm: “Mary Poppins” (1964). The classic tale of the practically perfect nanny. Family Film Night at Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St., NE, Washington, D.C.
        • 6pm: “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977). James Bond teams up with a beautiful KGB agent to investigate hijacked nuclear subs. James Bond Film Festival at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va.
        • 6:30pm: “Precious” (2009). An overweight, abused teen mother tries to turn her life around. Part of the Banned Books Film Series at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
        • 8:30pm: “The Maltese Falcon” (1941). Private eye Sam Spade takes on the case of a stolen, priceless bird statuette. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
        • Sunset: “Pitch Perfect“(2012). A new college student finds friendship and competition in her school’s small but aggressive a cappella scene. Movies on the Lane at Redwood Restaurant and Bar, 7121 Bethesda Ln., Bethesda, Md.

        Wednesday:

        • 2pm: “The Insider” (1999). A tobacco executive tells all. First Amendment Film Festival at Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
        • 7pm: “Brave” (2012). A Scottish princess and her mother butt years. Movie Time at Maryland City at Russett Library, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel, Md.
        • 7pm: “In Her Shoes” (2005). Two sisters try to repair their strained relationship. Bilingual Spanish/English Book Club at Quince Orchard Library, 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg, Md.
        • 7:30pm: “Plan 9 from Outer Space” (1959). Aliens resurrect the dead to stop the living from creating a doomsday machine. A Comedy Film Bucket List meetup at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va. Free to members who RSVP. All others pay $3.
        • 8:30pm: “Heat” (1995). Police catch the trail of a group of highly skilled bank robbers. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

        Thursday:

        • 2pm: “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (1996). A pornographer’s life story. First Amendment Film Festival at Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
        • 3pm: “Hot Tub Time Machine” (2010). A broken jacuzzi sends a group of friends back to the 80s. Movies About Time at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington, Va.
        • 4pm: Science experiments and a free movie for kids at Georgetown Library, 3260 R St., NW, Washington, D.C.
        • 6:30pm: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975). Playing again as part of the Banned Books Film Series at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
        • 6:30pm: A tribute to the late Robin Williams at West End Library, 2522 Virginia Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 724-8707 for details.
        • 6:30pm: Blockbuster Thursday at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St, Alexandria, Va. Call (703) 746-1751 for details.
        • 7pm: “Breath of Freedom” (2014). The struggles that African-American soldiers faced after returning home from World War II. Playing at the National Archives William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
        • 7:30pm: “Gattaca” (1997). An imperfect man defies the system in a future where DNA rules all. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
        • 8:30pm: “Bugsy” (1991). The mobster who built Vegas. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

        Friday:

        • 10am: “Ratatouille” (2007). A rat runs away to Paris to follow his culinary dream. Playing at Deale Library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale, Md.
        • 11am: H.O.P.E. Theater: Helping Our People Engage, at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd., SE, Washington, D.C. Call (202) 715-7707 or -7708 for details.
        • 12pm: “Nicky’s Family” (2013). The story of Nicholas Winton, who rescued hundreds of Czech and Slovak children before World War II. Playing at the National Archives William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
        • 1pm: “Heaven Is for Real” (2014). A pastor’s young son has a near-death experience. Playing at Calvert County’s Southern Library, 13920 HG Trueman Rd., Solomons, Md.
        • 4pm: A Friday film at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
        • 7pm: “We’re Not Broke” (2012). A documentary that seeks to expose corporate tax avoidance. Meaningful Movies – Olney, 3300 Olney Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, Md.
        • 7pm: Ten Forward Happy Hour at the Black Cat. Tonight’s episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”: “Datalore,” from season 1. 1811 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
        • 7pm: “Tommy” (1975). The Who’s rock opera about a deaf, dumb, blind, pinball-playing Messiah. Part of the “Directed by Ken Russell” series at the Library of Congress Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
        • 7pm: “Invisible Waves” (2006). A man flees to Thailand after accidentally killing his girlfriend. Part of the series “Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares: The Films of Pen-ek Ratanaruang” at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
        • 7pm: “Journey to Italy” (1954). An English couple try to salvage their marriage on a trip to southern Italy. Playing at American University’s Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
        • 7:30pm: “Chances Are” (1989). A man inadvertently finds his old love after being reincarnated. Part of Hollywood on the Potomac at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, D.C.
        • 7:30pm: “Unbreakable” (2000). A man discovers he has superpowers after being the lone survivor of a train wreck. Playing at the Library of Congress Packard Theater, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper, Va.
        • 8:30pm: “Citizen Kane” (1941). Orson Welles’s masterpiece as an eccentric newspaper mogul. Playing at American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
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