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Movie review: 'A Brilliant Young Mind' is a wonderful, fresh tale

A classy comedy-drama in overdrive, "A Brilliant Young Mind" gets seriouser and seriouser even as it grows funnier and funnier. It is a fully realized love story of rare spirit, the sort of deeply affecting film that can make you laugh until you are near tears, then drive you close to bawling. tmpplchld Asa Butterfield, growing up by leaps since his roles in "Hugo" and "Ender's Game," stars as Nathan, a British math savant with autism spectrum disorder. Like a teenage Alan Turing, he has severely impaired social skills. He sees life as a differential equation. With enough informational nuggets, Nathan believes he can understand the puzzling people all...