Wolves (2017)


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Anthony (Taylor John Smith, American Crime, HBO's upcoming Sharp Objects) is a standout player on his Manhattan high school's basketball team with seemingly everything going for him: a killer three-point shot, a loving girlfriend (Zazie Beetz, Deadpool, Atlanta), and a chance at a scholarship to Cornell. But Anthony's dreams of playing college ball are jeopardized by his volatile father (Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals, Take Shelter), a hard-drinking writer whose compulsive gambling threatens to derail the lives of both his wife (Carla Gugino, Watchmen, Night at the Museum) and son. Though it goes against his nature, Anthony must summon the strength to step out from his father's shadow and reclaim his future. Boasting an explosive performance by Michael Shannon, WOLVES pulses with the energy of New York City and "the most compelling basketball scenes since Hoop Dreams" (David Ehrlich, Indiewire)..

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It's all terribly cliché-ridden and predictable, and the best I can say for it is that Shannon and Gugino do their best to convince us otherwise.

Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Freundlich clearly likes to dig in deep with this kind of character material, and here it pays off in ways it really hasn't in some of his previous feature work.

Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A curious if unsuccessful cross-breeding of gritty domestic drama with conventional coming-of-age sports crowd-rouser.

Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…

A modestly pleasing, unsurprising indie about a family undone by anger issues.

Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…
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It's as if Bart Freundlich, who wrote and directed, loses confidence in the performances and decides he'd better throw in every cliché in the genre.

Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Wolves blends in with the pack.

Mar 1, 2017 | Full Review…

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