Michael Shannon

Coming-of-age sports tropes and gritty domestic drama don't quite mesh in well-acted Michael Shannon-starring 'Wolves'

Coming-of-age sports tropes and gritty domestic drama don't quite mesh in well-acted Michael Shannon-starring 'Wolves'

There’s plenty of predatory behavior on display in the impressively acted “Wolves,” a curious if unsuccessful cross-breeding of gritty domestic drama with conventional coming-of-age sports crowd-rouser.

While the title primarily refers to the Manhattan high-school basketball team on which Anthony Keller (newcomer Taylor John Smith) is a star player whose killer three-point shot has put him on Cornell University’s radar, back at home, there are a growing number of wolves at the door.

Blame his volatile dad (Michael Shannon), a hard-drinking English lit professor whose out-of-control gambling problem is rapidly threatening to rip the family apart despite the best efforts of...

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