It’s the volatile 1960s, and hotheaded young Accio Benassi (Elio Germano) is looking for something to believe in and belong to. Smart but violently contrary, In contrast, older sibling Manrico (Riccardo Scamarcio) is the dreamy apple of everyone’s eye. Limited and unreliable but gifted with a silver tongue, he becomes a militant leftist hero while betraying the bottomless love of his on-again, off-again girlfriend Francesca (Diane Fleri). The social and political turmoil present a compelling backdrop for a coming-of-age tale, and all the performances are first-rate. And director Luchetti does a terrific job of re-creating the look and feel of the time. Unfortunately, it seems he never figured out what kind of story he wanted to tell. As a result, his characters never really grow up.
Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) of the Maxwell Anderson Center for the Study of Plate Tectonics is a creature of the lab not fond of scientific fieldwork. But when his sullen teenage nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) comes for a visit, Trevor’s forced to confront his lethargy by the memory of his risk-taking brother, and they commence on an adventure that uses Verne’s tale of Professor Lidenbrock (and his nephew Axel) as a roadmap. While tracking one of Max’s seismic sensors located on Iceland’s Mount Snaeffels, Trevor and Sean seek out the Asgiersson Institute for Progressive Volcanology, only to find Hannah, the disillusioned daughter of a scientist who, like Max, believed that Verne’s works were thinly disguised fact, not fiction. Soon, the reluctant trio is on a journey that plays out like a high-stakes trip to a subterranean amusement park, each new otherworldly encounter is part ride, part mental and physical challenge that tests their resilience and ingenuity.
When Dave Ming Chang makes his first appearance, crash-landing ostrich-style on Liberty Island then taking his first tentative steps like a marionette being jerked in a dozen different directions. See, Dave is a vessel for Lilliputian aliens who have come to locate an ocean-draining orb that’s fallen into the hands of gawky Josh Morrison (Austyn Lind Myers). The tiny crew members each guide different parts of Dave’s anatomy under the guidance of their Captain, also played by Murphy. With multiple Murphys and an unusual premise, Meet Dave has potential, but quickly unravels. For every clever bit, there are moments of stupefying lameness that are only funny in a parallel universe.
Stocking more than 100 bottles, 50 of them for sale by the glass, and serving Italian- and Spanish-influenced small plates designed by chef Nina Scott. The choices range from fresh and chunky gazpacho to the "Cutting Board," an assortment of salami, prosciutto, chorizo, olives, roasted peppers and cheeses.