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A handy day-by-day schedule all the movies you get to see for free in our fair District. Should come in handy with all that money you spent on holiday shopping and ugly sweater purchasing. And there are some gems out there, trust us. Or if you don’t trust US, trust the youtube trailers.

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Monday

Janis @ Library of Congress, 7 pm

This biography, compiled after Janis Joplin died in 1970, includes performances with Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Full Tilt Boogie Band, and the Kozmic Blues Band, with which she recorded her final album Pearl, along with gigs at the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, and the Dick Cavett Show. (96 minutes)

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Tuesday

French Movies @ Napoleon, 7 pm
Not quite sure what the jig on this is, but Jason is in cahoots with Alliance Francaise and says that there will be free French cinema
to be enjoyed along with half-off champagne cocktails every first Tuesday of the month. And you know what I want to believe it.
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and also

Death Promise @ Dr. Dremo’s, 8 pm
Only 3 more weeks left of Psychotronic society at Dr. Dremo’s.
This week:the most freaked-out funked-out kung-fu film ever made on the East Coast. It’s outta sight! It’s Dy-no-mite! Chock-full of waa-waa guitar music, flashy ghetto fashions, and acting that has to be seen to be believed. A bunch of apartment renters are being forced out of their pads with fire and rats by some evil landlords. They’d get away with it too if not for the kung-fu actions of some of the tenants. A father and son lead the fight until the old man snuffs it and the son goes apesh*t. He serves up some crazy batsh*t kung-fu revenge in return. He even makes a dead man scream.

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Wednesday

Kamome Dinner @ Japanese Information Center, 6.30 pm
Sachie is a young Japanese woman living in Helsinki, Finland. She opens up a Japanese style Shokudo or diner specializing in onigiri rice balls. The only regular customer she is able to land is the local Japanophile, Tommi. When Sachie enlists the help of two of fellow Japanese ladies, each with their own personal issues, business slowly begins to pick up. The diner has a strange tendency to attract only those with dilemmas and conversation with Sachie over her delicious food seems to soothe their woes. In Japanese with English Subtitles. 102 minutes.

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Thursday

Little Women @ National Portrait Gallery, 7 pm
The one with Katharine Hepburn, not the Winona Ryder/Claire Danes one.
This one is also better than the Winona Ryder/Claire Danes one (George Cukor, who also directed the amazing “Women” helmed it) though it doesn’t have Christian Bale in it.
But then, nothing is perfect.

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Friday

Dr. Akagi @ Freer Sackler, 7 pm
“This irreverent, enduring film is populated with the kinds of eccentrics of whom Imamura was always fond. The title character is a country doctor whose clientele includes a drunken monk, a drug-addicted surgeon, and a variety of sex fetishists, all trying to survive the waning days of World War II. An “idiosyncratic blend of frank earthiness, harsh flippancy, bizarre kinks, and flashes of unlikely formal beauty” (Janet Maslin, New York Times). Intended for mature audiences.(which granted, may exclude a lot of our readership but…)

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Saturday

The Great Communist Bank Robbery @ National Gallery of Art, 1 pm
This one I am recommending on the sheer absurdity of its title. I mean, EVERYONE knows there was nothing to rob from banks during communism.

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followed by California Dreamin’ at 2 pm

Sunday

The Profound Desire of The Gods @ Freer Sackler, 2pm
“A Man Vanishes: The Legacy of Shohei Imamura.” is a retrospective that will NEVER END.
Modern progress and primitive culture collide in the film that has been declared Imamura’s masterpiece. A Tokyo construction engineer travels to a remote island to build a sugar plant, only to find himself entwined with a native populace that lives according to its own ancient code. Critic David Ehrenstein calls this “a defiant example of what the movies can be and seldom are. No lover of Japanese film should miss it.”

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