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. As witty and relatable, as it is heartfelt and harrowing, this film shows us how far we will go to protect the ones we love. Ben is Back also stars Courtney B. Vance (“The People V. O.J.
In LADY BIRD, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job.
After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler “Carol”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck “Interstellar”, “Gone Baby Gone”) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Moonrise Kingdom”). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams “Blue Valentine”, “Brokeback Mountain”) and the community where he was born and raised.