The Two Popes (2019)


Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church. (IMDb)
For a movie about two old religious guys talking to each other it’s surprisingly colourful and dynamic (see the handheld camerawork, lively soundtrack, and bright and goofy end credits) but it’s got dramatic weight too: the leads excel and the great and hefty dialogue is complemented by plenty of personal character moments and an intriguing look at papacy politics (superbly edited). The flashbacks are interesting but awkwardly shift the focus to Francis when it should have stayed on the two.
7.5/10 (Really Good)


The Wife (2017)


A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. (IMDb)
A rich and uniquely set dual-character study, written with nuance and wonderfully acted. Small establishing scenes convey subtle dynamics (see arriving at the hotel), long scenes of dialogue mesmerize with both simmering and overflowing tension (see drinks with Nathanial; the post-acorn blow-up then amazing switch to happy phone call), and flashbacks add intrigue to the present-day plot (though it’s mostly dissolved with the final breakdown-the film should’ve ended with the award presentation).
8/10 (Great)