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Sunday, 7 October 2018

VIFF: Ben Is Back

This is one of the blockbuster mainstream films that I went to see at the Film Festival, only because a friend of mine LOVES Julia Roberts. She stars as the mother of a drug addict, and the events that unfold over Christmas Eve show us how much of an enabler one can be with an addict.

I'm sure they'll be trying to push this for an Academy Award of some sort, but personally, I found Roberts' work to be better in last year's film Wonder. This story of an addict just didn't quite hit the mark for me, though Lucas Hedges gives an outstanding performance. Meanwhile, Courtney B. Vance is completely under utilized.

Ben Is Back shows again this Thursday.

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