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Classic noir

If you want your summer to be filled with murder, mystery, double-crosses, and femme fatales, well ... there's a film series for that.

The Screening Room Cinema Cafe (3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst) continues its Summer Noir series through September, covering more than three decades of seedy Hollywood history. The selection includes genre classics like Otto Preminger's "Man with the Golden Arm" and Edgar Ulmer's "Detour," perhaps the most acclaimed B-movie of all time. (Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris called it the "greatest American movie" ever made.)

The series will also include "Niagara," a Niagara Falls-based thriller that marked the first major role for one Marilyn Monroe and more obscure and rarely seen titles like "The Red House," billed as a "forgotten noir."

Also coming later in the summer are "Quicksand" (1950) with Mickey Rooney and Peter Lorre and "Pretty Poison" (1968).

Tickets for all films are $5. For those who want to spend their hot summer night in a black-and-white world of intrigue, here's the upcoming schedule:

"D.O.A." (1950): 9 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

"Niagara" (1953): 7 p.m. next Friday; 7:30 p.m. June 12 and June 14; and 7 p.m. June 15 and 16.

"Detour" (1945): 9 p.m. next Friday.

-- Jason Silverstein