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Down in the Valley

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The Western gets a fresh rinsing in writer-director David Jacobson’s Down in the Valley, about would-be cowboy Harlan Carruthers (Norton) in the San Fernando Valley. Harlan’s doomed relationship with Wood’s Tobe drives the narrative, but at the expense of making her little brother (Rory Culkin) a vivid character.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the screenplay: Jacobson appears in a Q&A in a snap shirt and boots and says the characters of Tobe and her brother are ”very much like me and my sister growing up.”