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The Cedar Lee Theatre's (2163 Lee Rd., 216.321.5411) Cult Film Series continues this week with a showing of Clue, the campy 1985 film based on the board game. The film shows at 9:30 p.m. and midnight Saturday, February 7, and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, February 8. The February 8 showing will feature a live, interactive cast, and admission at both screenings will be $1, plus whatever you role on a single die (so if you're lucky, you only pay $2 and if you're unlucky, you pay $7). Plus, you'll have a chance to win a replica of one of the murder weapons (you know: a knife, candlestick, revolver, rope, lead pipe, wrench or "poison") in a raffle. Advance tickets are available at the Cedar Lee Box office.

Many of France's most esteemed directors have had a hand in developing and defining the genre that would become known as film noir. Last fall, in a series called French Crime Wave, New York's Film Forum unearthed many of the classic French noir films, and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (11141 East Blvd., 216.421.7450) aims to do the same, albeit on a much smaller scale. Also called the French Crime Wave, the Cinematheque series commences with a February 7 showing of Claude Miller's claustrophobic Garde a Vue, which shows in a 35mm color print direct from France. The series continues with Clean Slate (February 13), Shoot the Piano Player (February 14 and 15), Casque D'or (February 19 and 21), The Clockmaker (February 21), Riptide (February 26 and 27) and La Verite (February 26 and March 1). Tickets: $8.

To tie in with the opening of He's Just Not That Into You, the film based on Greg Behrendt's insufferable book that created relationship problems for commitment-phobic men everywhere, Shaker Square Cinemas (13116 Shaker Square) is hosting a "Ladies Night" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, February. 6. A reception featuring appetizers from SASA, Sergio's Sarava, Fire and Whole Foods Market precedes the film's screening, and popcorn will be complimentary. Proceeds go to the Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Circle of Friends. Tickets: $35.

Italy's La Scala opera season opened last year with a performance of Verdi's Don Carlo, which was filmed in high definition and recorded with digital sound. That performance shows at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 11 (and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 15) at the Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., 216.321.5411), as part of its ongoing HD opera series. Tickets: $20.