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January 13, 2012  | by: Nicholas Persad

Linda Cardellini and Michael Shannon in "Return"

2012 is definitely going to be a year filled with record-breaking movies that will overload the box office with revenue, especially since it will see the release of films such as The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman and Men In Black 3.

Personally, I am going to be the first person in line at The Hunger Games premiere, which will be filling the void left by the now concluded Harry Potter series.

However, I think it is important to pay homage to the films mainstream America will probably not get to see this year because they receive a limited release in theaters—or people just don’t care.

Melanie Lynskey in Hello I Must Be Going

These indie films are just as entertaining as the major blockbusters and most times provide the viewer with better story lines and superior acting.

Here are a few of the films that Americans should see in 2012 but probably won’t:

Return—The story of a young woman trying to piece her life together again once she returns home after being deployed. Initially, the plot seems a tad unoriginal especially with all the recent movies about veterans coming home to completely different lives, but the trailer is intense and leaves you with an urge to see more.

The End of Love—A young man struggles to come to terms with the loss of his wife. Boasting big names like Amanda Seyfried and Michael Cera, Sundance is already raving about this one.

Nobody Walks—The tale of a young girl whose arrival at a family’s home in California creates an unexpected eruption of impulses in all of them.

The Surrogate—Starring the always-amazing John Hawkes as a man confined to an iron lung who decides, at the age of 38, he wants to lose his virginity.

William H. Macy and John Hawkes in The Surrogate

Hello I Must Be Going—A woman is forced to move back home with her parents at the age of 35. Feeling hopeless, she finds comfort with a 19-year-old boy.

These five films will surely be a nice getaway from all those blockbusters everyone plans to see this year. Check them out!

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