Directed by Nick Cassavetes, rated R, 122 minutes
Alpha Dog is a captivating and shocking crime drama about a gang that kidnaps the 15 year old brother of guy that owes them money, and as he begins to enjoy being part of the gang, they're not sure how to cover their tracks. The film is filled with up and coming young actors who all bring a lot of personality to their characters, and surprisingly Justin Timberlake proves he can really act. The dialogue is all realistic and sometimes quite funny, especially Timberlake who brings charm to even his most vulgar tirades. Alpha Dog doesn't draw clear lines between the good guys and the bad guys, which makes this tragedy, based on true events, all the more difficult to swallow. You'll like it if: You like films about teens, crime dramas, Emile Hirsch, Bully, Brick or Zero Day.