By Kirven Blount
Updated September 29, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.”