The Founder (2016)



Biographical dramas tell stories about significant people in history but they are always much more than that. The person chosen for the bio-pic reflects something about the values of the era and the society from which they came. In this sense, The Founder (2016) goes well beyond the story of a global hamburger empire to the values that made McDonald’s possible and it does not paint a pretty picture. The mantra “persistence is everything” is heard at the beginning and the end of this film but when decoded it means persistent treachery, greed, and a code of ethics toxic enough to remove some gloss from the world’s most recognised golden arches.

The real founders are brothers Maurice (John Lynch) and Richard McDonald (Nick Offerman) who pioneered the idea of standardised burgers made quickly that led to the modern fast-food industry. Into their lives came Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling…

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At The Crandell: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Columbia County Current

NOW SHOWING at the Crandell Theater in Chatham: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

A spin-off prequel of the Harry Potter film series, the film was produced and written by J. K. Rowling (in her screenwriting debut), inspired by her book of the same name. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman and Colin Farrell in supporting roles. It is the first instalment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, and the ninth in J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.


Rated: PG-13
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Directed By: David Yates
Written By: J.K. Rowling
Runtime: 133 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Wed 11/23, 2:30pm, 5:00pm & 7:30pm, 2D
Thu 11/24, 5:00pm & 7:30pm, 3D
Fri 11/25, 2:30pm, 5:00pm & 7:30pm, 3D
Sat 11/26, 5:00pm & 7:30pm, 3D
Sun 11/27, 2:30pm…

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‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ – Review


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is a charming slice of whimsical magic, beautiful and engrossing from start to finish, and probably my favourite ‘blockbuster’ this year.

Deadpool movie reviewThis surprises me, more than anyone, because I’m not really much of a Potter fan…never have been. I appreciate the movies, don’t get me wrong, and I totally understand why a whole generation fell for them, but I didn’t start watching the Potter series (for various reasons) until film six, which rather left me feeling that I was a bit too late to the party. Plus I always found the stories a little derivative of other fantasy fiction with a few too many MacGuffins for my liking.

Fantastic Beasts is, on the other hand, a different…well…’beast’ altogether. Whilst it certainly expands the Potter universe, it is also very much its own film. There are really obvious similarities to be made with The…

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