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Not rated. 112 min­utes. In English and Gul­lah with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. See re­view, Page 33. THE FOUNDER Open­ing on In­au­gu­ra­tion Day, John Lee Han­cock’s iron­i­cally ti­tled biopic might be con­sid­ered the first movie of the Trump era. It’s the story of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), not (as he would have had you be­lieve) the founder of the McDon­ald’s chain, but the milk­shake-mixer sales­man who swin­dled it away from the McDon­ald broth­ers (Nick Of­fer­man and John Car­roll Lynch), in­ven­tors of a new con­cept in fast-food ser­vice. It’s a suc­cess story in which the bad guy wins. A key mo­ment comes when a col­league points out to Kroc, who has be­gun fran­chis­ing the restau­rants, that he’s not in the burger busi­ness, he’s in the real es­tate busi­ness. Keaton ef­fec­tively de­liv­ers the driven, smarmily amoral char­ac­ter of Kroc, and Of­fer­man is ter­rific as Dick McDon­ald. Laura Dern has the thank­less role of Kroc’s wife Ethel, which looks to have been a fairly thank­less role in real life. Han­cock builds an ef­fi­cient story that cov­ers the bases and yields a few tasty morsels of his­tory, but there’s noth­ing here to stick to your McRibs. Rated PG-13. 115 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)


Brett Dal­ton plays Gavin Stone, a for­mer child star whose life and ca­reer has sunk so low that he is forced to pre­tend to be a Chris­tian to land the part of Je­sus in a small-time play. Over the course of pre­par­ing for the role, how­ever, he finds the Chris­tian faith suits him and con­verts. Rated PG. 92 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Not re­viewed)


Born into a fam­ily of poor farm­ers in the Span­ish vil­lage of Pe­dreña, Sev­e­ri­ano Balles­teros grew up to be­come one of the world’s lead­ing golfers. Us­ing archival footage and dra­matic recre­ations, this doc­u­men­tary tells his story, fo­cus­ing on the charis­matic golfer’s cre­ative ap­proach to the sport. He was an artist and the golf course was his can­vas. To Balles­teros, golf was a call­ing — he went from prac­tic­ing his swings on the beaches of Pe­dreña and sneak­ing into a lo­cal golf club at night to win the Bri­tish Open three times in the 1970s and `80s. Di­rected by doc­u­men­tar­ian John-Paul David­son and scored by Stephen War­beck (Shake­speare in Love), Seve has mass ap­peal for any­one who ap­pre­ci­ates a great rags-toriches story. The film leans to­wards ha­giog­ra­phy but stands as a wor­thy trib­ute to Balles­teros, who died from a ma­lig­nant brain tu­mor at the age of fifty-four. Not rated. 124 min­utes. In English and Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Michael Abatemarco) Thriller di­rec­tor M. Night Shya­malan en­joyed a mod­est re­turn to crit­i­cal ap­proval with 2015’s The Visit. His fol­low-up to that film prom­ises op­por­tu­ni­ties for the plot twists that are his sig­na­ture — the plot cen­ters on three young women who are kid­napped and held captive by a man (James McAvoy) with 24 dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties. They must fig­ure out how to get the help­ful per­son­al­i­ties to aid them in their es­cape from the harm­ful per­son­al­i­ties. Rated PG-13. 117 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


In the early 1990s, a mul­ti­eth­nic and mostly ho­mo­sex­ual group of dancers joined the pop star Madonna for what would be one of the great stretches of her ca­reer: the 1990 Blond Am­bi­tion tour and the 1991 film

Madonna: Truth or Dare. This doc­u­men­tary catches up with the sur­viv­ing men, and lets them tell their sto­ries. Shaken by the AIDS epi­demic in some cases, and hav­ing strug­gled with drug ad­dic­tion in oth­ers, many have ca­reer and life re­grets but re­main strong, in­spir­ing hu­man be­ings. Their role in pop cul­ture re­mains im­por­tant — through Madonna, they helped inch gay cul­ture into the main­stream, even if it may have been against their will (three of the dancers sued her over how their pri­vate lives were rep­re­sented in Truth or Dare). Then and now, they’re gifted and charm­ing in­di­vid­u­als, al­though the film doesn’t go much deeper than show­ing us where they are today. There is scant per­for­mance footage and Madonna does not ap­pear at all, but fans will nonethe­less cher­ish this look at some of the ma­jor sup­port­ing per­form­ers of her prime era. Not rated. 83 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Robert Ker)


Rated R. 118 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts; Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 34.


Xan­der Cage, as played by Vin Diesel, has been gone since 2002’s xXx. The long ab­sence sug­gests there wasn’t much de­mand for the char­ac­ter — sort of a James Bond for the PlayS­ta­tion gen­er­a­tion — but with Diesel’s Fast and the Fu­ri­ous fran­chise con­sis­tently hit­ting the box-of­fice strato­sphere, he’s back. The cast in­cludes Ice Cube (repris­ing the lead char­ac­ter from his 2005 spinoff), Don­nie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Tony Jaa, Toni Col­lette, Sa­muel L. Jack­son, and Tony Gon­za­lez, in what will surely be a globe-trot­ting, ex­treme-sports-em­u­lat­ing, kung-fu romp. Get your Moun­tain Dew ready. Rated PG-13. 107 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; in 2-D only at Vi­o­let Crown, DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

Ham­burger heaven: Michael Keaton in The Founder, at Vi­o­let Crown

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