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Temporal Anomalies

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About Time
Free Birds
Doctor Who:  Day of the Doctor

Miscellaneous Articles
in original publication sequence except for indices inserted at correct points in the historic flow

Temporal Anomalies Classics
Temporal Anomalies Index 2009
Back to the Future Nationwide
  Theatrical Showing This Evening

People Magazine's Woman of the Year
  Sandra Bullock
    featured in time travel films

Temporal Anomalies Index 2010
Source Code Opens April 1, 2011
Future Time Travel Film Analyses--2011
Why Not Analyze
  Time Travel Television Shows?

Men in Black III Remakes History
Temporal Anomalies Index 2011
(Some of) The Best Time Travel Movies
  You Might Have Missed

Men in Black III May 25th U.S. debut
  midnight shows tonight

Future Time Travel Film Analyses--2012
Temporal Anomalies Index 2012
(Some of) The Best Time Travel Movies
  for Children

Films Currently Showing, November 2013
Upcoming Time Travel Films,
  from February 2014

(Some of) The Best Time Travel
  Romance Movies

Upcoming time travel films,
  from December 2014

Temporal Anomalies Index 2014
(Some of) The Best Time Travel Comedies
(Some of) The Best Time Travel Thrillers

Movies Analyzed
in order examined

    Addendum to Terminator
    Terminator 3:  Rise of the Machines
    Terminator Recap
    Terminator Salvation
    Terminator Genisys
    Terminator:  Dark Fate
Back To The Future
Back To The Future II
Back To The Future III
Star Trek Introduction
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
    Star Trek: Generations
    Star Trek: First Contact
    Star Trek (2009)
12 Monkeys
    Addendum to 12 Monkeys
Flight Of The Navigator
  Flight Of The Navigator Addendum
Army of Darkness
Lost In Space
Peggy Sue Got Married
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Planet of the Apes
Kate and Leopold
Somewhere In Time
The Time Machine
Minority Report
Happy Accidents
The Final Countdown
Donnie Darko
  S. Darko
Harry Potter and
    the Prisoner of Azkaban

Deja Vu
    Primer Questions
Bender's Big Score
Popular Christmas Movies
The Butterfly Effect
  The Butterfly Effect 2
  The Butterfly Effect 3:  Revelations
The Last Mimzy
The Lake House
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Hot Tub Time Machine
Los Cronocrimines a.k.a. TimeCrimes
A Sound of Thundrer
Frequently Asked Questions
    About Time Travel

Source Code
Blackadder Back & Forth
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
11 Minutes Ago
Men in Black III
La Jetée
Midnight in Paris
Meet the Robinsons
H. G. Wells' The Time Machine
The Jacket
Safety Not Guaranteed
The Philadelphia Experiment
    The Philadelphia Experiment II
Time After Time
About Time
Free Birds
X-Men:  Days of Future Past
Edge of Tomorrow
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Project Almanac
Time Lapse
O Homem Do Futuro
    a.k.a. The Man from the Future

Abby Sen
When We First Met
See You Yesterday
The History of Time Travel
Copyright Information

The temporal anomaly terminology used here is drawn from Appendix 11:  Temporal Anomalies of Multiverser from Valdron Inc, and is illustrated on the home page of this web site.  This site is part of M. J. Young Net.

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Temporal Anomalies in Time Travel Movies
Films Currently Showing, November 2013

Time travel fans on a tight budget may have found their purses taxed a bit this month, as there were several worthy entries in the field, in theaters and anticipated.

About Time

Rachel McAdams joins the ranks of those who have been in three well-known time travel movies, having been the title character in The Time Traveler's Wife and the time traveler's fiancé in Midnight in Paris, once again the wife of the time traveler in About Time.  The film has a lot of the feeling of the Christmas film Love, Actually, including that impression that you've seen all these actors before but can't quite place them.  Time traveler Domhnall Gleeson was Bill Weasley in the last Harry Potter films, and quite a few other familiar faces (particularly for fans of British television) bring their considerable experience to putting together a warm and sometimes funny film about life.  It has facets of the Butterfly Effect series in the means of time travel, and at least some of the same problems.  This is definitely worth seeing despite its flaws.

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Free Birds

Meanwhile, her time-traveling Midnight in Paris costar Owen Wilson lends his voice to the hero, one of the two time travelers, in Free Birds, his second foray into time travel.  Among the other voice actors in this animated action film are George Takei, who was in Star Trek IV:  The Voyage Home, who plays a time machine that owes quite a bit of visual inspiration to Max of Flight of the Navigator.  Another Star Trek alum, Colm Meaney, plays the villain, and the other time traveler is voiced by Woody Harrelson, who appeared as himself in Austin Powers:  The Spy Who Shagged Me.  This is a fun romp, reminiscent in some ways of Chicken Run but a bit more fun, as two turkeys go on a mission to Plymouth Rock in the hope that they can permanently remove turkey from the Thanksgiving holiday menu.  If you celebrate the holiday with a dinner of pizza, you'll know they succeeded.  The film scrambles tropes from various theories, resulting in a disastrous temporal impossibility, but it's obvious throughout that this is intended as a farce, making fun of time travel.  There are some dark moments, but overall it is clearly suitable for and enjoyable by children, while not unsatisfying for the adults, either.

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Doctor Who:  The Day of the Doctor

The big news for November, though, may be the screening of Doctor Who:  The Day of the Doctor, which will appear in very limited select theatres in major cities on Saturday, November 23rd and in a larger group of three hundred locations nationwide on Monday, November 25th, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the program.

Time travel is apparently catching on--there are more new time travel films expected in the months ahead, including Mr. Peabody (yes, the dog from Peabody and Sherman with the Wayback Machine), and a new X-men film in which Wolverine has to alter the past.  As always, we hope eventually to provide in-depth analyses of all these films.

(Most have already been analyzed, and the analyses will appear here as site expansion continues.)

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