Eppler: Affleck MVP of basketball movie 'The Way Back'

Sometimes, an artist connects so deeply with the material that we can feel it, and it elevates the overall experience.I think that's the case for Ben Affleck in "The Way Back."He plays an alcoholic, and Affleck has been open about his recovery and relapses with alcohol in his off-screen life. It lends gravity to his performance, which is one of the best of his career.

RATING SCALE

* * * * * Incredible - One of the best of the year* * * * Excellent - Touches greatness with only minor quibbles* * * Good - Plenty to like, definitely worth seeing* * Mediocre - You can do better