THE CHINA SYNDROME
1979, Sony Repertory, 122 min, USA, Dir: James Bridges

The title of this riveting thriller refers to the possibility that a malfunction at a nuclear power plant could cause radioactive material to melt through the floor, “all the way to China.” Bright and ambitious TV reporter Jane Fonda is on assignment with her cameraman Michael Douglas at a Southern California power plant when she learns of an impending control-room crisis involving plant supervisor Jack Lemmon. While the nuclear power industry greeted the film’s premiere with howls of protest, the Three Mile Island accident that followed less than two weeks later gave it a chilling credibility.


CARDINALS
2017, Gravitas Ventures, 84 min, Canada, Dir: Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley

When Valerie Walker (I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING’s Sheila McCarthy, in a towering performance) returns from prison after serving time for killing her neighbor in an apparent drunk-driving accident, she wants nothing more than to move on, reconnect with her daughters and reconstruct her life. When the victim’s son shows up at her door, however, it becomes clear that the past will not easily be forgotten. An austere and tautly constructed psychological drama, as well as a thoughtful exploration of the challenges of living with the after-effects of trauma, CARDINALS is an assured directorial debut for Moore and Shipley.


1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS
1990: I GUERRIERI DEL BRONX
1982, Blue Underground, 89 min, Italy, Dir: Enzo G. Castellari

From the director of the original INGLORIOUS BASTARDS and LAST SHARK and the writer of ZOMBIE comes this explosive Italian post-nuke. Anne, heiress to a weapon's manufacturer, runs away to the war zone of the Bronx to avoid inheriting her questionable family business. She must navigate the wasteland with Trash, a gang leader of the Riders, as rival gangs and bounty hunters seek to capture her. Mixing elements from both ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and THE WARRIORS, BRONX WARRIORS is an action-packed whirlwind of insanity.


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