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KFF 2019: BEN IS BACK
March 16 @ 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 16 at 3pm
Directed by Peter Hedges
Rated 14A: coarse language
When charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve, his wary mother Holly (Julia Roberts) soon discovers that he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that follow, Holly must do everything in her power to prevent the family’s downfall.
“THIS IS AN INTIMATE, INCREDIBLY TENSE DRAMA ABOUT A TROUBLED FAMILY BATTLING RAW EMOTIONAL PAINS, A BARE-BONES AND BARE-KNUCKLED LOOK AT THE DESTRUCTIVE POWERS OF ADDICTION.”
– Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“THE MOVIE’S REAL ACHIEVEMENT LIES IN ROBERTS’S PERFORMANCE, WHICH IS POSSIBLY HER BEST. HOLLY IS INCANDESCENT WITH WORRY. SHE’S GOOD AND KIND AND INTIMATE.”
– Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic
“ROBERTS… TAKES HOLD OF THIS MOVIE LIKE A LAMPPOST IN THE WINTER DARKNESS.”
– Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
“DRUG ADDICTION HAS BEEN EXPLORED IN MANY MOVIES, BUT THIS IS AN ESPECIALLY REVEALING LOOK INTO NOT ONLY THE NATURE OF AN ADDICT, BUT THE EFFECT HE HAS HAD ON HIS OWN FAMILY, AND ON THE LIVES OF MANY OTHER PEOPLE IN A TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY.”
– Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
Best Performance by an Actor 23 and Under (Lucas Hedges) Winner & Best Independent Film nominee at the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards 2018
Other Awards at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7545524/awards?ref_=tt_awd
Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!