Refreshingly understated, opening at The Ross on Friday, January 11, BEN IS BACK subverts family drama stereotypes and provides a forum for terrific performances from Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts. Most movies are focused directly on the present moment, following along with a story as it unfolds, but “BEN IS BACK” is different, creating the sense that the lives of each of its richly shaded characters continues even when she or he is not on-screen. –Peter Debruge, Variety Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges pour their hearts and souls into the unflinching and unforgettable addiction drama about a mother who can't quite trust the son she loves. –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone What is so moving and effective about Roberts's work here is her shrewd subversion of her long-established persona. –A.O. Scott, The New York Times BEN IS BACK is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, January 11 through Thursday, January 24. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated BEN IS BACK R (for language throughout and some drug use). This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. 19 year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns home to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve morning. Ben's mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), is relieved and welcoming but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother's undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe. Ben is Back also stars Courtney B. Vance (The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird).