I checked out Bart Freundlich’s “Wolves” because it features two of our finest actors, Michael Shannon and Carla Gugino. Shannon plays Lee, an alcoholic novelist who teaches writing at a New York community college and is heavily in debt to gangsters because of his gambling addictions; Gugino is Jenny, his loving and suffering wife. Their son, Anthony (Taylor John Smith), is a high school basketball star on track for a scholarship to Cornell.
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. Grade: C (Rated R for language throughout and brief sexuality.)