Sure, it's only August, but it's never too soon to start highlighting the year's best movies. From the epic action of "Man of Steel" to the heartbreaking realism of "Fruitvale Station," the most impressive films came in all shapes, sizes, and genres.
What's more? These movies have already delivered some remarkable performances. Michael B. Jordan's standout portrayal of Oscar Grant in "Fruitvale" has garnered near-universal acclaim, and Matthew McConaughey's titular, island-dwelling drifter in "Mud" has been at the top of critics' lists since its premiere at Sundance back in January. From the opposite sex, Cate Blanchett's Blanche DuBois-inspired turn in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" is quickly gaining Oscar buzz, and Julie Delpy's third (and final?) round as Céline in Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" helped the movie earn nearly universal critical reviews.
Using our cinema-infused brains and data from Moviefone readers like you, we've hand-picked 25 of the year's most notable movies, in descending order.
On with the list!