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Xpress, the Coolest Section of the St. Petersburg Times, is the home for features, news and views of interest to young readers. Most of the work in Xpress, which appears on Mondays in Floridian, is produced by the Times' X-Team. The team of journalists ages 9-17 from around the Tampa Bay area is selected every year at the end of the school year to serve during the following school term. The current team of 12 was chosen out of 150 applicants. Watch for X-Team application forms in Xpress during the month of May.


Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris


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'Beautiful Mind' is mind-blowing

By BILLY NORRIS
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 7, 2002


Movie: A Beautiful Mind

Rating: PG-13

Summary: This film is based on the story of Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash, a genius mathematician with a troubled mind. It details the complex path that led to his Nobel Prize in economics in 1994, highlighting the triumphs and tragedies he experienced along the way.

My View: This film was great. First of all, Russell Crowe did an amazing job playing the part of John Nash. I thought Jim Carrey's performance in The Majestic was spectacular, but this performance was superior. Crowe definitely had to become the character to pull off a difficult role like this. The details of every little thing, down to each expression on his face, were faultless. The intricacies involved in this highly complicated plot were done wonderfully. It was easy to follow the story in spite of its complexity. This was the most intriguing movie I've seen in a long time.

Favorite part: The plot twists in this movie blew my mind!!!

Least favorite part: This film was undeniably long -- 21/2 hours, but then again, I think it needed to be to tell the entire story.

Recommendations: Because of the movie's intensity and its mature themes (involving government code-breaking, violence and paranoid schizophrenia) the PG-13 rating needs to be heeded. I loved this movie, and I'm confident it will do extremely well in the box office. It is definitely going to be an Academy Award contender in a few categories.

Grade: A

- Billy Norris, 14, is in the eighth grade at Seminole Middle School and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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