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Below is a list of all the eligible independent films for the year 2012. Many visitors to the site have e-mailed asking for recommendations and/or reviews of independent movies. The members of the Chlotrudis Awards Nominating Committee see lots of independent films and on the Chlotrudis Comments page, we will share our thoughts or reviews of the year's movies. Underlined films lead to Chlotrudis reviews. If you have a suggestion, or a film you'd like to see commented on by Chlotrudis Members, send us an e-mail. Now let's get on with the comments!

Take a look at the reviews for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001

* indicates availability on DVD or On Demand Service


* 2 Days in New York
3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom
5 Broken Cameras (d)
* 10 Years 17 Girls * 30 Beats
* 96 Minutes
* 360 * 2016: Obama's America (d)

About Cherry
Addiction Incorporated (d) After
* Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (d) * Albert Nobbs All Together
* Alps * The Ambassador (d) Amber Alert
* American Animal
Anna Karenina
Any Day Now * Apart * The Apparition
* Arbitrage * Art Is... The Permanent Revolution (d) * ATM
* Assassin's Buillet * The Assault The Awakening

* The Babymakers
* The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (d) * Ballplayer: Pelotero (d) Bangkok Revenge
Barfi! * Battlefield: America
The Bay * Beasts of the Southern Wild * The Beat Hotel (d)
Beauty is Embarrassing (d) * Being Flynn * Bel Ami
Bel Borba Aqui (d) * Beloved * Bernie
Bestiaire (d)
Better than Something (d) * Beyond the Black Rainbow
Big Boys Gone Bananas (d) The Big Picture * Bill W. (d)
Bindlestiffs Birders: The Central Park Effect (d) Blinky and Me (d)
* Blue Like Jazz * Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (d)
* Bonsai
* Boy Branded Brawler
Breathing The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Brooklyn Castle (d)
Brother The Bullet Vanishes * Bullhead
* Bully (d) Burn (d) * Butter

Café de Flore * Carnage * Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (d)
* Casa de mi Padre * A Cat in Paris Celeste and Jesse Forever
Central Park Five (d) * Charlotte Rampling: The Look (d) Chasing Ice (d)
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (d) Chicken with Plums
* Chico & Rita * Chimpanzee (d) China Heavyweight (d)
Cocktail Collaborator The Color Wheel
The Comedy Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (d) Compliance
* Coriolanus Corpo Celeste * Cosmopolis
* Craigslist Joe (d) * Crazy Eyes Crazy Horse (d)
* Crooked Arrows Crowsnest

* Damsels in Distress
Dangerous Liaisons
* Dark Horse
* Darling Companion * The Day * The Day He Arrives
* The Day I Saw Your Heart
* Dead Season Deadfall
* Deadline
* Declaration of War * The Decoy Bride
* The Deep Blue Sea * Delicacy Desperate Endeavors
* Detachment The Details * Detention
Detropia (d)
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (d) * The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
Dreams of a Life (d) Drug Related 3 Drunkboat

Easy Money
Ek the Tiger
* Elena
* Elles * English Vinglish
* Entrance
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (d) The Eye of the Storm Excuse Me for Living

* The Fairy
* Falling Overnight
Farewell, My Queen
Festival of Lights
* First Position (d) The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
The Flat (d) * The Flowers of War * Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story (d) * Footnote For a Good Time, Call...
For Ellen
* For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada * The Forgiveness of Blood
* The FP * Freelancers * Free Men
Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (d)
* Friends with Kids * Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

Gayby * General Education Generation P
* Gerhard Richter: Painting (d)
* Get the Gringo Girlfriend Boyfriend
Girl Model (d) * Goats * God Bless America
* The Good Doctor * Goodbye First Love * Goon
Gottfried Heinwein and the Dreaming Child (d) * Grassroots Grave Encounters 2
Green The Green Wave (d) Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (d)

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
* Haywire
Head Games (d)
* Headhunters * Headshot Hello I Must Be Going
Here I Learned to Love (d) Heroine * Hick
* Hide Away * High Ground (d) * HIGH School
Hipsters * Hit So Hard (d) Hitchcock
Hitler's Children (d) Hold Your Breath Holy Motors
Hospitalité Hotel Noir The House I Live In (d)
* How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? (d)
How to Survive a Plague (d) * The Hunter
Husbands in Goa Hyde Park on Hudson * Hysteria

* I Heart Shakey
I Wish The Imposter (d)
* In Darkness In Their Skin
* The Inbetweeners
* The Innkeepers The Intouchables * Intruders
* The Invisible War (d) * Iron Sky * The Island President (d)
It Is No Dream (d)

Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Jack and Diane * Jeff, Who Lives at Home
* Jess + Moss
* Jesus Henry Christ * Jiro Dreams of Sushi (d)
Joker * Juan of the Dead

* Karen Cries on the Bus Keep the Lights On * Keyhole
The Kid with a Bike * Kill List * Killer Joe
The King (d) * Klown Knight Knight
Knuckleball! (d) Kumaré (d)

* The Lady
Las Acacias
* The Last Ride
A Late Quartet
The Law in These Parts (d)
Least Among Saints
* Liberal Arts * Life Happens * Life is Beautiful
* Life Without Principle Little Birds Little White Lies
* LOL * Lola Versus The Loneliest Planet
A Lonely Place for Dying Losing Control Lost Bohemia (d)
Love (Ai) Love in the Buff * The Loved Ones
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana

Madoka Magica The Movie Part 1: The Beginning Story
Madrid 1987 * The Magic of Belle Isle
Mahler on the Couch A Man's Story (d) * Mansome (d)
* Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (d) * Marley (d) The Master
The Matchmaker Me at the Zoo (d) * Meeting Evil
Middle of Nowhere Mighty Fine Misfire
* Miss Bala * Monsieur Lazhar * Moonrise Kingdom
Mugamoodi Mulberry Child (d) Murder University
My Uncle Rafael * My Way My Worst Nightmare
The Mystical Laws

* Natural Selection
Neighboring Sounds * Neil Young: Journeys (d)
Nesting * Never Stand Still (d)
* Nitro Circus: The Movie (d)
* Nobody Else But You Nobody Walks North Sea Texas
* Norwegian Wood
Not Fade Away
Now, Forager

* October Baby
On the Road
* Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
The Oranges Orchestra of Exiles (d) * Oslo, August 31
* The Other Dream Team (d) The Other Son Otter 501 (d)

The Paperboy
* Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (d) Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream (d)
Paul Williams Still Alive (d) * Payback (d) * Peace, Love & Misunderstanding
* The Perfect Family
* Perfect Sense The Perks of Being a Wallflower
* The Philly Kid
Photographic Memory (d) * Pink Ribbons, Inc. (d)
Planet of Snail (d) * Polisse Portrait of Wally (d)
* Pray for Japan (d) Price Check * The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (d)
Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer (d) * Punch Pusher

Quartet * The Queen of Versailles (d) * Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (d)

* The Raid: Redemption
* Rampart * [Rec]3 Genesis
* Red Hook Summer * Red Lights
* Restless City
* The Revenant The Right to Love: An American Family (d) Rites of Spring
Robot and Frank A Royal Affair
* Ruby Sparks
* Runaway Slave (d)
The Runway Rust and Bone

* Sacrifice * Safety Not Guaranteed Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed
* Salmon Fishing in Yemen * The Salt of Life * The Samaritan
Samsara (d) Sassy Pants
Saving Grace B. Jones
Searching for Sugar Man (d) Serving Up Richard The Sessions
Shady Lady (d) * Shirdi Sai * Shut Up and Play the Hits (d)
Side by Side (d) Silver Linings Playbook Simon & the Oaks
* A Simple Life Sister * Sleepless Night
* Sleepwalk with Me * Small, Beautifully Moving Parts Smashed
Smiley * The Snowtown Murders Soar into the Sun
* Soldiers of Fortune Solomon Kane Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You
Somewhere Between (d) Son of Sardaar * Sound of My Voice
* Sound of Noise Special Forces Split: A Deeper Divide (d)
Stars in Shorts Stella Days Step Up to the Plate (d)
Stolen * Student of the Year Sudigaadu
Supercapitalist * Surviving Progress (d) Sushi: The Global Catch (d)
Switch (d)

Tai Chi Zero * Take This Waltz
Tales of the Night * The Tall Man Teddy Bear
That's What She Said The Thieves * Thin Ice
This is Not a Film (d) This Must Be the Place Three Stars (d)
* Thunderstruck * Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie To Rome with Love
To the Arctic (d) Tom Wolfe Gets Back to Blood (d) Toys in the Attic
* Trishna The Trouble with the Truth * The Turin Horse
* Turn Me On, Dammit! * Tyrannosaur

U.N. Me (d)
* Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (d)
Undefeated (d) * Unforgivable

* V/H/S * The Victim
* The Viral Factor * Virginia Vulgaria

* W.E.
Wagner & Me (d)
Waiting for Lightning (d)
The Waiting Room (d) War of the Buttons * Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
* We Have a Pope * We Need to Talk About Kevin We Women Warriors (d)
The Well-Digger's Daughter West of Memphis (d) * Where Do We Go Now?
A Whisper to a Roar (d) Whores' Glory (d) Why Stop Now
* Wild Horse Wild Ride (d) * Windfall (d) * The Woman in the Fifth
* Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh Day Wuthering Heights

You May Not Kiss the Bride
* Your Sister's Sister You've Been Trumped (d)

* The Zen of Bennett (d)

Festival Films


Ace Attorney
After the Battle Aftershock
All In All That Matters is Past Alter Egos
American Mary
Andrew Bird: Fever Year (d) Antiviral
As Luck Would Have It Asura

BAM150 (d)
Beauty Berberian Sound Studio
Bert Stern: Original Madman (d) Black Pond Black's Game
Blood Letter The Book
Booster Boy Eating the Bird's Food The Brass Teapot
Burn (d)

Call Girl Carré Blanc The Cat Vanishes
Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below Chronicle Cold Steel
The Color of the Chameleon

Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America (d)
Despite the Gods (d)
Doomsday Book Dragon Dust
Dust Up The Dynamiter

Eddie: the Sleepwalking Cannibal
The End
Everyone Has a Plan Excision

A Fantastic Fear of Everything
For Love's Sake
Foreign Letters
The Fourth Dimension Frances Ha From Nothing, Something: A Documentary on the Creative Process (d)
Funeral Kings

Game of Werewolves Gandu
Gebo and the Shadow Ghosts with Shit Jobs God Loves Caviar
Gone Fishing Goodbye Grabbers
Graceland Great Expectations The Great Kilapy
Greetings from Tim Buckley

Hannah Arendt
Hard Romanticker
Hemorrhage Hidden in the Woods Him, Here, After
The House of Tomorrow (d) The Human Race

I Want Your Love
The Iceman
In Another Country
In the House Inisde Lara Roxx (d)
Isn't Anyone Alive? It Looks Pretty From a Distance

Joe Papp in Five Acts (d) John Dies at the End
Joshua Tree, 1951: a Portrait of James Dean (d)

The Kick The King of Pigs

The Last Push
Let My People Go!
A Letter to Momo
Like Someone In Love
Lines of Wellington
Love Fiction
Love is All You Need Love or Whatever

Magnificent Presence
Manborg Me and You
The Mechanical Bride Mekong Hotel
Mitsuko Delivers
Mon Ami Much Ado About Nothing

Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time
New Kids Turbo
Night Across the Street
A Night of Nightmares No One Lives
North Sea Texas

Omar Killed Me
One Night Stand Our Paradise

Painted Skin: The Resurrection
Paradise: Love
Pieta Pig The Playroom
Poongsan Porfirio

Queen: Days of our Lives (d) Quick

Reign of Assassins
Resolution The Revisionaries (d)
Robo G
Roller Town Rubberneck

Schoolgirl Apocalypse
Smuggler Some Guy Who Kills People Something in the Air
Sons of Norway The Sorcerer and the White Snake Spring Breakers
Starry Starry Night Stories We Tell Struck by Lightning
Sunflower Hour Sunny SuperClásico
Sushi Girl The Sword Identity

Think of Me Three Worlds
Thy Womb Time Zero: the Last Year of Polaroid Film (d) Turn off the Lights
Twilight Portrait

Under the Hawthorne Tree

Virgin Margarida
The Virgin, the Copts and Me Vito (d)

The Warped Forest
What Maisie Knew
Whatever Happened to Pete Blaggit?
White: The Melody of the Curse Wrong

You Are the Apple of My Eye
Young Gun in Time

Zero One

Ineligible Films

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Brave

The Cabin in the Woods
Chronicle Cloud Atlas

Dark Shadows

End of Watch

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hunger Games

Life of Pi

Magic Mike

Seven Psychopaths

Zero Dark Thirty