The hero of Drive is called "Driver" because that's what he does, and in a thriller this self-consciously existential, what he does is who he is.He's played by Ryan Gosling as a kind of anti-blowhard. He's taciturn, watchful, cool.
Very loosely based on Far From the Madding Crowd, Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe is Thomas Hardy twice-filtered: first through the skeptical-sympathetic eye of the terrific British graphic novelist Posy Simmonds, who specializes in placing a contemporary spin on literary classics --
On paper, Stone looks like a dream for fans of acting heavyweights facing off against each another. In one corner, there's Robert De Niro, playing Jack, a parole officer just a few weeks short of his retirement.