The Founder

PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Running time:
115 minutes

This drama tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

Release date:
January 20, 2017
Quick review:
Michael Keaton is brilliant as Ray Kroc, the man who created the McDonald’s fast food empire in this revelatory biopic that starts off as a sunny story about an underdog who makes it big but shifts halfway into a cautionary tale about corporate greed. The film’s oddball shifts and turns may turn off some viewers, but the cast is superb throughout including Laura Dern and Linda Cardellini as Keaton’s love interests and John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman as the McDonald brothers whom Kroc pushed out of the business after franchising the restaurant they created.