You know 'Iron Man' makes the cut ... but where does it rank?

Why wait until December to start stacking the year's movies against each other?

At the halfway point of 2008, we've seen highly anticipated tentpoles disappoint, tiny indies make us cheer, and too many movies even out at just plain average (you'll find none of those on this list).

Here are our 20 favorite movies of the year ... so far. Consider this a progress report.

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