In “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” out Friday, a dog builds a time machine. Weird — most dogs can’t find the ball even if they see you put it under a blanket. But Mr. Peabody has more in common with these time travelers.
In 2004’s “The Butterfly Effect,” Evan (Ashton Kutcher) has the ability to travel in time, but he keeps screwing up the future, thereby creating a world where “The Butterfly Effect” is released in theaters.
Bill and Ted
The central figures in 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” use a telephone booth to bring historical figures to the future for a history project. Beats actually studying.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play this hit man in 2012’s “Looper.” Joe kills people sent from the future; one day his target is him, but it turns out homicide is tricky when it’s also technically suicide.
In 2011’s “Source Code,” Jake Gyllenhaal is on a train that’s about to explode. He has eight minutes to stop it, but when he fails he gets a repeat. He has eight minutes to stop it, but when he fails he gets a repeat.
In 1995’s “A Kid in King Arthur’s Court,” Merlin pulls preteen Calvin into Camelot, at which point the boy promptly dies of smallpox. Not really. Bubonic plague gets him.