Film Clips: This weekend's movie openings December 29 2010

Not much new in theaters for the last week of 2010 except 'Made in Dagenham.'


MADE IN DAGENHAM 2 stars (PG-13) Happy-Go-Lucky’s Sally Hawkins plays Rita O’Grady, who pick ups the nickname “the Revlon Revolutionary” when she becomes the public face of a highly publicized 1968 strike of female workers at the Ford Motor Company’s factory in Dagenham, England. Director Nigel Cole never strays far from the template for uplifting underdog films and portrays Rita as a martyr to social progress. Despite credible work from Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Geraldine James and “The West Wing’s” Richard Schiff as a soft-spoken union buster, Dagenham’s script relies on speeches and plot twists that feel unnecessarily manipulative, as if real life didn’t jerk enough tears. — Curt Holman

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) 4 stars (R ) In Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel, Malcolm McDowell plays Alex, a charismatic young psychopath who commits horrible crimes in a lousy future when bowler hats are all the rage and pubcrawlers drink drug-laced milk. An experimental treatment “cures” Alex of his violent ways, and he gets a taste of his own medicine. You’ll never hear “Singing in the Rain” the same way again. Tue., Jan. 4, 9:30 p.m., and Fri., Jan. 7, 9:30 p.m. and midnight. $8. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.