‘About Time’ offers the romance of time travel

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Time travel can be a nifty device for stirring and complicating romantic drama. Just ask the small but dedicated cult that regards the Christopher Reeve-Jane Seymour weepie “Somewhere in Time” as being a Reeve signature equal to “Superman.” “The Time Traveler’s Wife” offered some satisfying pathos a few years back, casting Eric Bana as a man whose strange temporal abilities were a genetic burden causing angst for him and soulmate Rachel McAdams.

Add writer-director Richard Curtis’s addictively sentimental “About Time” to the list, albeit as an entry that slightly tweaks the genre formula. Curtis, whose credits include “Love Actually” and the script for “Notting Hill,” spins the tale of a frequently tongue-tied everyguy able to visit the past.

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