The new trailer for Ben is Back, which shows why the film is so much about the actors. The film, written and directed by Peter Hedges, features arguably Roberts’ best performance. She won the Oscar for Erin Brockovich but she’s better in this, with expressing every possible emotion. Hedges keeps the camera on her, up close and personal, to capture the big things and the small things. This is what actors do best – for women, they really hit their stride later in their career. Though opportunities are few are far between, there is nothing like spending a couple of hours with a pro. And by now, Julia Roberts is a pro. She and Lucas Hedges go toe to toe in every scene. There are, of course, plenty of actor showcases this year. That will make choosing the ensemble nominees complicated and difficult. Roberts and Hedges show you what actors can do when they have the right director and the right material.