Cinema in the City is the title of a three-film series, beginning tonight at the Esquire Theatre, which looks at how classic films portray urban living. It is presented by the University of Cincinnati’s Center for Film and Media Studies and DAAP’s School of Planning, and there will be a discussion after the screening. Tonight’s film is Spike Lee’s 1989 Do the Right Thing. On March 9, there will be a recently restored print of Fritz Lang’s 1929 sci-fi classic Metropolis. And on March 16, the film is Mathieu Kassovitz’s controversial 1995 La Haine, a drama about the conflict between disenfranchised French youth and police.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $9.75 adult. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, esquiretheatre.com.