A career best performance from Julia Roberts and a long-delayed sequel are on area screens this weekend. Here to tell us about Ben is Back and Glass are film critics Pam Powell and Chuck Koplinski.
Ben is Back (Starts Friday) A drug addicted teenage boy (Lucas Hedges) shows up unexpectedly at his family’s home on Christmas Eve. Taking place over the course of 24 hours, there’s an urgency to the film that “Beautiful Boy” and other movies of this ilk lack. Julia Roberts as the titular character’s mother gives the best performance of her career as a woman desperate to save her son, knowing full well she’s engaged in an exercise in futility. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 103 minutes. AMC-C, SAV.
Glass (Starts Friday) M. Night Shyamalan’s sequel to “Unbreakable” and “Split” finds security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) using his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. Rated PG-13. 129 minutes. AMC-C, AMC-D, SAV.