Film and TV

The Three Worst Mistakes Made in Time Travel Movies

After alien invasions and Samuel L. Jackson appearances, time travel is the next best plot device Hollywood can inject into a film to maximize audience attendance.


The latest example: Men In Black 3 (released next week -- in 3D!), in which Will Smith goes back to the 1960's to meet a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K (this time played by Josh Brolin). Hilarity and a catchy, non-offensive rap tune will no doubt ensue.

Later this summer, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis will appear together in Looper about an assassin sent back in time to off himself. As a fan of the genre, I'll no doubt see both of these movies -- only to be disappointed as soon as the theater lights go up.

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Bob Beard