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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 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001

* indicates availability on DVD or On Demand Service


* 6 Souls
12-12-12 (d)
20 Feet from Stardom (d)
33 Postcards
36 Saints
* 56 Up (d)
* 100 Bloody Acres

* ABCD (Any Body Can Dance)
* The ABCs of Death
Abigail Harm
* Absence
* The Act of Killing (d)
* Adore Adventures of Serial Buddies
Adventures of the Penguin King
After Tiller (d)
Afternoon Delight
Afternoon of a Faun (d)
* Aftershock
* Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (d)
* Ain't Them Bodies Saints A.K.A. Doc Pomus (d)
* Alien Uprising
* All is Bright
All is Lost
* All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
All the Light in the Sky
Alone Yet Not Alone
American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny (d)
American Made Movie
* American Mary
American Promise (d)
* Amour * And Now a Word From Our Sponsor
* And While We Were Here
* The Angels' Share Angels Sing
* Apartment 1303 Approaching Midnight
Approved for Adoption Arcadia The Armstrong Lie (d)
* Aroused (d) * Arthur Newman The Artist and the Model
* As Cool as I Am * As I Lay Dying * As Luck Would Have It
Ashley Ass Backwards * Assault on Wall Street
Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire (d) * At Any Price At Berkeley (d)
The Attack The Attacks of 26/11 Attarintiki Daaredy
* Augustine Aurangzeb Austenland
* Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan

Bad Film
Bad Milo!
Bajatey Raho * A Band Called Death (d) The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek
* The Baytown Outlaws Beatocello's Umbrella Becoming Traviata (d)
* Before Midnight Behind the Vlue Veil (d) Beneath
* Berberian Sound Studio The Berlin File Bert & Arnie's Guide to Friendship
* Bert Stern: Original Mad Man (d) Besharam Best Man Down
Bettie Page Reveals All (d) Beware of Mr. Baker (d) Beyond the Hills
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag * Bidder 70 (d) Big Ass Spider
* Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (d) Big Sur Big Words
Billy & Buddy * The Bitter Buddha (d) Blackfish (d)
* Black Rock * Blancanieves * Bless Me, Ultima
* The Bling Ring * Blood Blood and Ties
Blood Brother (d) Blue Caprice Blue Exorcist: The Movie
Blue is the Warmest Color Blue Jasmine Born to Royalty (d)
Boss * Bounty Killer * The Brass Teapot
Breakfast with Curtis Breaking the Girls Bridegroom (d)
Bridging the Gap (d) Broadway Idiot (d) * Broken
The Broken Circle Breakdown Bullet Raja * Byzantium

Call Me Kuchu (d)
La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (d)
* The Canyons
Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle (d)
Caroline and Jackie
A Case of You
Casting By (d)
Caucus (d)
Caught in the Web

Centro Histórico
Charlie Countryman
Chennai Express Chinese Zodiac
The Christmas Candle
Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla
The Citizen
* Clandestine Childhood
Closed Circuit * Cockneys vs. Zombies
* C. O. G.
Cold Turkey
* The Colony
* Come Out and Play
* The Company You Keep * Computer Chess
* The Condemned
Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen (d)
The Crash Reel (d)
* Crawlspace
* Crazy Kind of Love
* Crystal Fairy
Cut to Black
* Cutie and the Boxer (d)
Cybornetics: Urban Cyborg

Dallas Buyers Club
Dark Touch Dark Tourist
* A Dark Truth David * Day of the Falcon
* Dead Man's Burden Dealin' with Idiots * Dear Mr. Watterson (d)
* Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (d) Design Is One (d) Desperate Acts of Magic
* Detour Detroit Unleaded
Devil's Pass
Dhoom 3
Diana The Dirties
* Dirty Wars (d) * Disconnect Dislecksia: The Movie (d)
* Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (d) * Dorfman in Love * Down the Shore
Downloaded (d) Dracula 3D
* Drew: The Man Behind the Poser (d)
* Drift
* Drinking Buddies * Drug War

* The East
Eddie: the Sleepwalking Cannibal * Eden
* Electrick Children Elemental (d) * Emperor
* The End of Love The End of Time (d) * The English Teacher
Enough Said Enzo Avitabile Music Life (d) * Ephraim's Rescue
* Erased Escape from Tomorrow * Europa Report
Everyday * Evidence * Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (d)
Exit Elena Expecting

The Fall of 1980
* Fame High (d)
* Family Weekend * Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (d) Faust
Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder (d) * A Fierce Green Fire (d) * Fill the Void
Finding Joy Finding Mr. Right First Comes Love (d)
First Night Five Dances (d) Forgetting the Girl
Four Frances Ha * Frankenstein's Army
* Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (d) Free China; The Courage to Believe (d) * Free Samples
Free the Mind (d) Fresh Meat Friend 2
* From Up on Poppy Hill Fukrey * Funeral Kings

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird (d)
The Gardener (d) * The Gatekeepers (d)
Generation Iron (d) * Generation Um... Genius on Hold (d)
Geography Club
* Ghanchakkar * The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
* Ghost Team One The Ghosts in Our Machine (d) Gideon's Army (d)
* Gimme the Loot * Ginger & Rosa Gippi
* The Girl A Girl and a Gun (d) * Girl Most Likely
Girl Rising (d) * Girls Against Boys The Girls in the Band (d)
* A Glimpse Into The Mind Of Charles Swan III GMO OMG (d) Go for Sisters
Go Goa Gone Go Grandriders (d) God Loves Uganda (d)
Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-leela * Good Ol' Freda (d) Gori Tere Pyaar Mein
Grabbers Grace Unplugged Grand Masti
The Grandmaster The Great Beauty Great Expectations
The Great Fallacy: The Milking of the Puerto Rican Colony (d) Greedy Lying Bastards (d) Greeku Veerudu
A Green Story * Greetings from Tim Buckley * The Guillotines

Habibi * Hammer of the Gods
* Hannah Arendt
* Hansel and Gretel Get Baked The Happy House * Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (d)
* The Happy Poet The Happy Sad Harry Dean Stanton : Partly Fiction (d)
* Hatchet III Haunter
* The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
* Haute Cuisine * Hava Nagila: The Movie (d) Hawking (d)
Hello Herman Herb and Dorothy 50X50 (d)
Herblock: The Black & the White (d) * Here Comes the Devil
Here I Learned to Love (d)
He's Way More Famous Than You Hey Bartender (d) * High Tech Low Life (d)
* A Hijacking * Himmatwala The History of Future Folk (d)
Hiver Nomade (d) Home * Horrid Henry: The Movie
* The Hot Flashes Hôtel Normandy * Hours
House in the Alley How I Live Now How Sweet It Is
How to Make Money Selling Drugs (d) How to Re-establish a Vodka Empire (d) The Human Scale (d)
* Hunky Dory * The Hunt

I Am Divine (d)
I Declare War * I Do
* I Give it a Year * I, Me Aur Main I Spit On Your Grave 2
I Used to be Darker I Will Follow You Into the Dark * Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (d)
* The Iceman * If I Were You I'm in Love with a Church Girl
I'm So Excited Implanted * The Impossible

In a World... * In the Fog
* In the House * InAPPropriate Comedy Inch'Allah
Indelible Lalita (d) Inequality for All (d) * Inescapable
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Informant (d) Inside Llewyn Davis
The Institute (d) Instructions Not Included * Into the White
The Investigator * Ip Man: The Final Fight The Iran Job (d)
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (d) * It's a Disaster t's Better to Jump (d)
It's Me, It's Me
I* It's Not You, It's Me

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet (d) * Java Heat
* Jayne Mansfield's Car
* The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (d) Jewtopia
* John Dies at the End Journey to the South Pacific (d)
* Jug Face
Junction * Just Like a Woman

* K-11
* Kai Po Che! Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (d)
Kid-Thing Kill Your Darlings
* Killing Season * The Kings of Summer * Kiss of the Damned
* The Kitchen * Knife Fight * Koch (d)
* Kon-Tiki Krrish 3

L.A. Superheroes: Illegal in Hollywood
The Last Christeros The Last Day of August
The Last Days on Mars
The Last Flight of the Champion * The Last Gladiators (d)
Last Love The Last Time I Saw Macao * Laurence Anyways
Lenny Cooke (d)
* Let My People Go! * Let the Fire Burn (d)
* Leviathan (d) * A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman The Lifeguard
Like Someone in Love Linsanity (d) Lion Ark (d)
Liv & Ingmar: Painfully Connected (d) Live at the Foxes Den
* The Look of Love Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal (d) The Long Island Railroad Massacre: 20 Years Later (d)
* The Lords of Salem * Lore * Lost and Found in Armenia
Lost for Words Lost in Thailand The Lottery of Birth (d)
Lotus Eaters * Love and Honor * Love is All You Need
* Love Sick Love * Lovelace * LUV

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (d)
Mademoiselle C (d) Magic Camp (d)
* Man of Tai Chi Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom * Maniac
McConkey (d) Men at Lunch (d) * Mental
Merry Christmas Metallica: Through the Never Midget Zombie Takeover
* Midnight's Children * Mindless Behavior: All Around the World (d) A Miracle in Spanish Harlem
* Mission Park Molly's Theory of Relativity * The Monk
The Monkey's Paw More Than Honey (d) Morning
The Motel Life Mother of George Mr. Nobody
* Much Ado About Nothing * Mud Murder 3
Muscle Shoals (d) Museum Hours Musicwood
The Muslims Are Coming (d) * My Amityville Horror (d) * My Best Day
* My Best Enemy * My Brother the Devil My Lucky Star

Nancy, Please
Narco Cultura (d)
The Network (d) * New World * Newlyweeds
Nicky's Family (d) * Night Across the Street Night Labor (d)
Night Train to Lisbon
* No * No One Lives
* No Place on Earth (d) * Noobz Normal
* Not Fade Away * Not Today Not Yet Begun to Fight (d)
Nothing Left to Fear Nuclear Nation (d) * The Numbers Station

Occupy Love (d)
Of By For (d)
Off Label (d)
* Off-White Lies Oldboy
On the Job
* On the Road * Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn One Mile Above
One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (d) * Only God Forgives * Only the Young (d)
The Other Side of the Ice (d) * Our Children Our Nixon (d)
* Out in the Dark Out Loud Outside Satan
* An Oversimplification of Her Beauty Oxyana (d)

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey (d)
* The Painting Paradise
* Paradise: Faith Paradise: Hope
* Paradise: Love
Paris Countdown * Parkland * Passion
The Past
The Patience Stone Pavillion
The Paw Project (d) * Pawn * Pawn Shop Chronicles
Peaches Does Herself Penguins 3D People of a Feather
A Perfect Man Personal Tailor
The Pervert's Guide to Idealogy (d)
Petunia Philomena * Pieta
Pilgrim Song The Pin * A Place at the Table (d)
La Playa DC * The Playroom Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself (d)
Plush Populaire * Post Tenebras Lux
* The Power of Few * The Prey The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers (d)
* Prince Avalanche Pulling Strings The Punk Singer (d)

Raanjhanaa * The Rabbi's Cat
* Race 2 Rangeelay * Rapture-palooza
Reaching for the Moon * Reality * Red Flag
* Red Obsession (d) Red Wing * Redemption
Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria (d) * Reincarnated (d) Released (d)
* The Reluctant Fundamentalist Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings
* Renoir
* A Resurrection Revolution (d)
Rising from the Ashes (d)
A River Changes Course (d) Romeo and Juliet The ROMEOWS (d)
The Rooftop * Room 237 (d) A Rubberband Is An Unlikely Instrument (d)
* Rubberneck Running from Crazy (d) Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde (d)
* Rushlights

* Salinger (d) Sample This (d)
* The Sapphires The Saratov Approach Satyagraha
Savannah Saving Lincoln * Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorfs (d)
* Scenic Route The Second Meeting (d) * The Secret Disco Revolution (d)
The Secret Lives of Dorks Seduced and Abandoned (d)
The Selfish Giant
Sellebrity (d) * Settai
S#x Acts
* Shadow Dancer Shahid
Shepard & Dark (d) Shootout at Wadala Shored Up (d)
The Short Game (d) Short Term 12 * Sightseers
* The Silence Silver Circle * Simon Killer
Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You (d) A Sngle Shot * La Sirga
Sirius (d) * Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (d) Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City 1900-1922 (d)
Snake and Mongoose Snow Queen
* Somebody Up There Likes Me
Some Girl(s) Some Velvet Morning
* Something in the Air
* Somm (d) * The Sorcerer and the White Snake Sound City (d)
* The Source Family (d) Spark: A Burning Man Story (d) Sparrow's Dance
The Spectacular Now * Spiders Spinning Plates (d)
The Spy: Undercover Operation The Square (d) * Stand Up Guys
* Standing Up * Starbuck The Starving Games
State 194 (d) Still Mine * Stoker
* Storage 24 * Stories We Tell (d) Storm Surfers 3D
* The Story of Luke * Stranded A Strange Brand of Happy
Strong Black Woman The Stroller Strategy * Struck by Lightning
* Stuck in Love Sugar The Summit (d)
Sunlight Jr. * Supporting Characters * Sushi Girl
* The Sweeney Sweet Dreams (d) Sweetwater
Swerve Symphony of the Soil (d) * Syrup

Tai Chi Hero
The Taiwan Oyster
* The Taste of Money Tattoo Nation (d) Terms and Conditions May Apply (d)
Terraferma * Thale Thanks for Sharing
* Thérèse These Birds Walk (d) Things Never Said
* This Is Martin Bonner This Is Where We Live Three Sisters (d)
* Three Worlds Thursday Till Sunday Tiger Eyes
The Time Being
The Time Is... Now Tiny Times 2
Tio Papi * The To Do List * To the Wonder
Toad Road Tokyo Waka *Top Cat: The Movie
Torn A Touch of Sin * Touchy Feely
* Trance The Trials of Muhammad Ali (d) Tricked (d)
Triumph of the Wall Turtle Hill, Brooklyn Twice Born
Two Jacks

* The Ultimate Life
Una Noche The Unbelievers (d)
* Under the Bed * Underdogs
* Unfinished Song
The United States of Autism (d) The United States of Football (d) * Upside Down
* Upstream Color

Valentine Road (d)
Valentino's Ghost (d) Vanishing Waves
* Vehicle 19 * Venus and Serena (d) * V/H/S/2
Vikingdom Viola * Violet & Daisy
* Vs: All Superheroes Must Die

Walter: Lessons from the Workd's Oldest People (d)
Wampler's Ascent (d)
* War Witch Wasteland The Way Way Back
Ways to Live Forever * The We and the I * We Are What We Are
We Came Home * We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (d) A Wedding Invitation
Wedding Palace * Welcome to Pine Hill * Welcome to the Punch
* A Werewolf Boy * West of Memphis (d) * What Maisie Knew
What Richard Did What's in a Name?
When Comedy Went to School (d)
When I Walk (d) Whensday
* White Elephant
White Reindeer The Wind Rises * Winnie Mandela
* Wish You Were Here * Would You Rather * Wrong

* Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
* Yossi You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
You Don't Need Feet to Dance (d) You Will Be My Son Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon

Zero Charisma
* ZIPPER: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride (d)

Festival Films

Les 4 Soldats
95ers: Echoes

Across the River
The Animals
Antisocial Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (d)

The Battery
Best Friends Forever Blondie
Bluebird Blue Dream The Body
The Boy Who Smells Like Fish Breath of the Gods (d) The Bullet Vanishes
Burn it Up Djassa The Burning Buddha Man Bushido Man

Cheap Thrills Los Chidos Cold War
The Color of the Chameleon The Complex
Comrade Kim Goes Flying
The Concubine Confession of Murder Les Coquillettes
Cycling with Moliere

Day of the Flowers The Dead Experiment
The Defector: Escape from North Korea (d)
Doomsdays Dormant Beauty
Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (d)
Emperor Visits the Hell

Floating Skyscrapers
Forever Love
Found in Time

Garden of Words
The Go Doc Project Go Down Death
The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini (d) Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (d) The Grand Heist
The Great War Guilty of Romance

Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend
Helter Skelter
HK: Forbidden Superhero
Horror Stories
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips

I'll Follow You Down Imaginaerum
An Inaccurate Memoir
It Was the Son

José & Pilar Juan in a Million Juvenile Offenders

Key of Life
The Kirishima Thing

The Last of the Unjust (d)
The Last Supper The Last Tycoon
The Legend is Born: Ip Man Library Wars
Love & Teleportation
Love Free or Die (d)

Machi Action
The Machine Marriage
Mars et Avril Meanwhile Michael H - Profession: Director (d)
Miracle in Cell No. 7 Missionary Moms Mabley: I Got Somthin' To Tell You (d)
Motivational Growth

Number 10 Blues/Goodbye Saigon

The Other Shore
OXV: The Manual

Papadopoulos & Sons
Persistence of Vision (d) * Phantom
Powerless (d) Pridyider

The Rambler
Remote Area Medical
Ritual: A Psychomagic Story
Rurôni Kenshin: Meiji kenkaku roman tan

Saving General Yang
Secretly Greatly Secundaria (d)
See You Next Tuesday See You Tomorrow, Everyone
Shield of Straw
S.I.N. Theory Six Acts Snowpiercer
Soft in the Head Space Milkshake

Tales from the Dark 1
Thermae Romae
Thesis on a Homicide
They'll Come Back Three Kids Tormented, aka Rabbit Horror 3D

Uzumasa Jacopetti

Very Ordinary Couple

War of the Worlds: Goliath
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep
When Time Becomes a Woman
* Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? William and the windmill (d) Willow Creek

El Xendra


Ineligible Films

Captain Phillips

Don John

Fruitvale Station

Man of Steel

The Place Beyond the Pines

Spring Breakers

This is the End