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'Founder' director aimed for complicated, conflicted view of McDonald's Ray Kroc

'Founder' director aimed for complicated, conflicted view of McDonald's Ray Kroc

Ray Kroc spent a lifetime trying to make a living from other people's ideas.

He hawked paper cups, folding kitchen tables called FoldaNooks (he didn't sell a single one), and milkshake machines before he discovered the best idea — of someone else — yet: McDonald's.

"The Founder," which opens nationwide Friday, features Michael Keaton as the complicated Kroc, who elicits sympathy for his eagerness to push on despite decades of struggles, but also scorn for taking credit for the founding of McDonald's and using questionable business tactics to eventually drive the real founders — Dick and Mac McDonald — out of business.

"Founder" director John Lee...

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