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A Beautiful Mind

Director:Ron Howard
Writer:Akiva Goldsman
Universal Pictures; PG-13; 129 minutes
Cast:Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris

A Beautiful Mind tells the incredible story of John Forbes Nash, Jr. This mathematician had prodigious beginnings, early success in career and marriage, and then spiraled into a sad decline of paranoid schizophrenia. Amazingly, the story doesn't end there: decades later Nash emerged from his illness to regain control of his life. The film is based on a biography by Sylvia Nasar (which tells the true story with considerably more detail than the fairly fictitious film version).

Caveats aside, A Beautiful Mind spins a visually astute yarn around difficult-to-film subjects (complex math, madness). Crowe holds it together like the master actor he is, although director Ron Howard deserves credit for transforming a non-visual book into an eminently watchable film.

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