“Ben Is Back” (⋆⋆⋆½; R) is an intimate, tense drama about a family battling raw emotional pains, a bare-bones and bare-knuckled look at addiction. The title character (Lucas Hedges) is a drug addict who has taken a leave from his treatment program for Christmas. His mother (Julia Roberts) struggles to put a happy spin on the surprise visit. Hedges shines in an understated performance as Ben wars with his inner demons. The movie was written and directed by Iowa native Peter Hedges, Lucas’ father.

Jeff Strickler

Also coming Tuesday

• “Creed II”

• “The Favourite”

• “Instant Family”

• “The Standoff at Sparrow Creek”

• “Time for Ilhan”