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Friday, March 22, 2019
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BEN IS BACK
(R) 103min
Feb 1 - 4, 6:00 & 8:30
Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) give complex and believable performances as a mother who is unexpectedly and warily welcoming her opioid addicted son, partway thru rehab (again), into her suburban home with three other kids for the holiday. Over a turbulent 24 hours when she can’t let him be alone, she goes from naïvely confident to angrily driven and her love for her son is sorely tested. Director Peter Hedges (Pieces of April, Dan in Real Life, and father of Lucas) has made a moving and effective portrayal of mom who can only try to keep her son safe.