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NEW ON DVD: ‘In a Valley of Violence’ is a throwback western, in the best ways

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STORY WRITTEN BY AMY LONGSDORF 
For Digital First Media

With “In A Valley of Violence,” horror maestro Ti West (“House of the Devil”) proves he has a way with westerns too.
Ethan Hawke stars as a stranger who rides into the lawless burg of Denton and runs afoul of a smug deputy (James Ransone) who turns out to be the son of the town’s marshal (John Travolta). “American Horror Story” veteran Taissa Farmiga charms as a talkative hotel owner who befriends Hawke and his pooch Abbie (the scene-stealing Jumpy).
A throwback to the days when westerns had a wry sense of humor, this light-hearted entry finds Hawke settling scores, falling in love and, most memorably, taking the talk with Travolta. Extras: featurette.
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