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A New York City high school basketball star earns a scholarship to an Ivy League university and looks to have a perfect life ahead of him, but his unstable father threatens to destroy his career before it starts in writer-director Bart Freundlich's acclaimed new film, WOLVES. The emotional coming-of-age drama comes to DVD from IFC Films on August 8, 2017.

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).

The IFC theatrical release, from award-winning filmmaker Bart Freundlich (The Rebound, The Myth of Fingerprints), was an Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival. Critics have praised the compelling drama. Glenn Kenny, writing at, said, "Freundlich clearly likes to dig in deep with this kind of character material, and here it pays off," and called Michael Shannon "outstanding." Betty Jo Tucker of ReelTalk Movie Reviews said the film "boasts exciting basketball sequences" and "a strong supportive performance by John Douglas Thompson." Edward Douglas of LRM raved, "WOLVES features great performances all around, but there's undeniable brilliance in the dramatic scenes between Smith and his parents, played by Michael Shannon and Carla Gugino."

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