Woody Allen: A Documentary (15)


Dir: Robert B Weide

Running time: 113 minutes

EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about the Woodster but were too disappointed by some of his later films to ask. Robert B Weide's elegant documentary traces Allen's career from teenage joke supplier to columnists through to the Oscar-nominated return to form that was the delightful Midnight in Paris.

Besides interviews with the auteur himself, Weide speaks to everyone from his sister Letty ("My parents wanted him to be a pharmacist") to Diane Keaton and Sean Penn. Even the messy break-up with Mia Farrow is covered. Too many clips lead to an overlong running time, but this is a must-see for fans, and anyone who has come to doubt Allen's hallowed place in modern comedy.

Cameo, Edinburgh and Belmont, Aberdeen, from tomorrow; Filmhouse, Edinburgh, July 2-8.

Casa De Mi Padre (15)


Dir: Matt Piedmont

With: Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal

Running time: 84 minutes

MATT Piedmont's comedy is a one-joke, one note affair, so it is just as well the gag is a pretty good one. Will Ferrell, impressively speaking fluent Spanish throughout, is Armando, the eldest son of a Mexican rancher who is forced to do what a man's gotta do when a mean hombre, in the shape of Gael Garcia Bernal, strides into town. In a previous life, the director was a Saturday Night Live writer, and the movie often has the feel of an overextended sketch, but the sheer weight of silliness wins you over in the end.

The Innkeepers (15)


Dir: Ti West

With: Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis

Running time: 101 minutes

THE Yankee Pedlar, the inn of the title, is going out of business. Following a plot surely borrowed from Scooby Doo, receptionist Claire (Sarah Paxton) and her colleague decide one way to drum up business is to mine the inn's troubled history and market it as a haunted house.

Before you can say "be careful what you wish for", Kelly McGillis has turned up to play an ageing actress with a gift for speaking to the other side, and we don't mean Canada. The low to no budget makes the lack of big-bang effects forgiveable, but the dullness is inexcusable.