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Chasing a Dream (Miles from Nowhere)

Chasing a Dream (Miles from Nowhere) (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 5

This tender tribute to an obscure artist's work is both compelling and visually striking.

69

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4

This tender tribute to an obscure artist's work is both compelling and visually striking.

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A high school football star clashes with his coach and his father when he joins the track team to accomplish a goal set by his late best friend. When John is killed in a car accident, Cameron (Andrew Lawrence) blames himself for the tragedy, and vows to accomplish his friend's goal of setting a new record on the mile run. Cameron's altruistic mission is jeopardized, however, when he runs into opposition from both his father (Treat Williams) and his coach, who feel that may be throwing away a

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Sep 29, 2009

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The sheer visual impact of In a Dream is breathtaking.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Call it forgiveness or codependency, but this highly personal film speaks to all of us in the universal languages of art and love.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Because Jeremiah lacks the investigatory zeal to pursue the subplots, which also include his father's madness and his older brother's drug addiction, this lovely film is more evocative than illuminating.

May 14, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The eclectic beauty of Isaiah's complex, labor-intensive art form deserves more process-oriented dissection.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Isaiah's work frequently rewards the camera's roving attention, but his self-absorption and lack of self-insight make him a sad subject even for as forgiving a study as In a Dream.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The tedious documentary In a Dream tells you much more than you could ever want to know about an ob scure Philadelphia artist called Isaiah Zagar.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The film's elements hum into a glorious experience, with its narrative as captivating as its visualization.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A grand gesture, an exercise in epic biography that explodes the intimate details of Isaiah's life and its effects on his family onto the screen.

August 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Reverse Shot
Reverse Shot

an artistic celebration of sorts -- with the emotional pain that can come with dedication, and maybe a little madness.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The images and emotions of 'In A Dream' will stick with you.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

When it works, it's well. When it doesn't, it seems unfocused and nearly loses our interest.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A captivating, honest and thoroughly engrossing documentary with plenty of wisdom, panache and stunning visuals.

April 12, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Almost too ready-made for a movie, this documentation of the lives of a troubled artist, his doting wife and his two grown sons should be dramatic and compelling, but comes across like a mockumentary of cinematic self-discovery.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An unusual and compelling documentary portrait of an artist of dazzling and colorful murals.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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