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Last updated on June 15, 2016.




The BFG

Wed, June 15 - 7pm - note start time
Regal Gallery Place
701 7th Street, NW

We have 80 admission for members and 1 guest via online pass. To get your pass(es), go to the site linked in your e-mail.

All screenings are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED for everyone attending. Seating is not guaranteed and is limited to theater capacity.



The talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers - Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg - finally unite to bring Dahl's beloved classic to life. The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG, while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen and warn her of the precarious giant situation. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all. Disney/Amblin Entertainment (1hr 55min). Opens July 1.

CAST: Oscar-winner Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader

DIR: Steven Spielberg



The Neon Demon

Mon, June 20 - 7:30pm
Landmark E Street Cinema
E Street NW btwn 10th & 11th

We have 80 admission for members and 1 guest via online pass. Use the link in your e-mail to get a pass. You MUST print and bring the pass for admission.

All screenings are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED for everyone attending. Seating is not guaranteed and is limited to theater capacity.



A provocative horror-thriller that follows Jesse, a starry-eyed sixteen-year-old who comes to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a runway model. Lying about her age in order to score gigs, she struggles to claw her way up the ladder of Hollywood's cutthroat modeling industry. Her career takes a turn when she befriends snarky makeup artist Ruby, who plugs her into the city's nightclub scene, introducing her to Gigi and Sarah, two model friends in their early twenties who are already becoming yesterday's news. But as Jesse's star rises, her virgin innocence attracts jealous eyes, making her vulnerable to violence. Broad Green Pictures (1hr 57min). Opens June 24.

CAST: Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves

DIR: Nicolas Winding Refn



The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Tues, June 21 - 7:30pm
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD

We'll have admissions for up to 100 members & 1 guest via PDF pass. To get your pass(es), rsvp to the address in your e-mail. You MUST print and bring the pass for admission.

All screenings are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED for everyone attending. Seating is not guaranteed and is limited to theater capacity.



Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, this film reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way. 1hr 41min. Opens June 24.

DIR: Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, upcoming THOR: RAGNORAK)



Free State of Jones

Wed, June 22 - 7:30pm
Regal Gallery Place
707 7th Street NW

We'll have admissions for up to 80 members & 1 guest via online pass. Link is forthcoming.

All screenings are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED for everyone attending. Seating is not guaranteed and is limited to theater capacity.



FREE STATE OF JONES is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. STX Entertainment. Opens June 24.

CAST: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

DIR: Gary Ross (four-time Oscar nominee; The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville)


General Screening Information

WHAT IS A PREVIEW? Before movies open, local ad agencies generate publicity with advance screenings. Washington, DC Film Society members are a popular target audience for previews, since we create good "word of mouth" for a film. Sometimes we have an entire theater to ourselves, but most of the time we share a theater with an audience holding passes that the ad agencies have distributed through radio stations, newspapers, an local establishments. In the past, the Film Society has hosted numerous special events as well.

AM I GUARANTEED A SEAT? No! Seating for previews is always on a first-come, first-served basis. Why? First of all, sometimes more members than we have passes to give out will show up at a particular screening. Also, the ad agencies always give out more passes than there are seats in the theater. The theater is always overbooked because at least 20% of pass holders don't show up. If everyone shows up, the theater could be full before you get in. Even if we have an RSVP screening (see below), arrive early to ensure a seat.

WHAT ABOUT RSVP SCREENINGS? When we have very few passes, we still want to offer the screening to as many members as possible, yet want to avoid turning many people away. When this happens (30 passes for two or less), we will sometimes have an RSVP system set up. Please follow instructions in the e-mail for RSVP screenings.

WHEN YOU GET TO THE THEATER: Each member must bring a valid membership card to the screening and show it to the Film Society staff person at the theater to receive a free pass.


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