THE FOUNDER — Review by Martha K. Baker

The Founder dusts the surface of business. In the fully competent hands of director John Lee Hancock, who also directed The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, The Founder tells the story of Ray Kroc, the putative founder of McDonald’s. The film is entertaining but not revelatory enough. There’s little doubt an even more horrifying story lies beneath. This is Martha Baker with a KDHX film review of The Founder. Read on…

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THE FOUNDER — Review by Susan Granger

Michael Keaton (“Spotlight,” “Birdman”) plays ruthless Ray Kroc in this backstory of the ubiquitous McDonald’s franchise, an innovative, assembly-line idea that revolutionized the fast food industry. In 1952, traveling salesman Kroc was working hard, peddling milkshake machines to drive-ins in the Midwest, while avidly absorbing “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 12 – December 16, 2016: THE FOUNDER

founder-posterWhen a travelling salesman named Ray Kroc discovered a hamburger stand run by two brothers, he caught wind of a golden opportunity and so began the story of McDonalds.  It is a tale of mendacity, betrayal and corruption. A certain kind of brutal vindictiveness was a hallmark of Kroc’s business style. After stealing their name and effectively destroying the McDonald Brothers’ business, Kroc built a franchise just across the road from the original restaurant as a final point of insult. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 6-12: MINIONS

Opening July 10, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Minionsthe inevitable spin-off from hit animations Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. It puts the eponymous, scene-stealing yellow critters firmly in the spotlight, telling the story of their evolution and their inability to keep hold of any of their evil masters. When Kevin, Stuart and Bob (all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin) embark on a mission to find a new master, they come across supervillain Scarlett Overkill (a brilliant Sandra Bullock) who is attempting to take over the world along with her husband Herb (John Hamm). Read on…

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OSCAR CALCULUS: Why Best Actor is a Two-Way Race Between Keaton and Redmayne — Quendrith Johnson reports

redmayneand hawkingkeatonandinirrityAn informal red carpet survey may not be the most accurate way to gauge the Best Actor race for 2015, but this year the buzz confirms prevailing Hollywood insider sentiment that predicts a two-way tug between veteran Michael Keaton and newcomer Eddie Redmayne, leaving Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch on the sidelines. To understand voter calculus, let’s take a measure of the golden profiles of the Best Actor nominees, see what they bring to the gate, and reflect on what voters have said about their chances. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Oct. 13-19: BIRDMAN

Opening Oct. 17, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Birdman, which sees the very welcome return of Michael Keaton to leading man status. He takes the deliciously knowing role of a washed up actor who found fame playing a superhero some years before, and is now attempting to recapture those former glories by staging a play on Broadway. Critics are calling it a virtuoso, powerhouse performance and a career highlight for Keaton, who both embraces and commands a dramatic role which allows him to showcase a range of emotions. Read on…

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