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Kick-Ass 2, Alan Partridge: 5 movies you need to see this August

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
With the end approaching for blockbuster season, this month brings the last of the big studio movies along with a mix of comedies and indie dramas. Drive duo Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn get back together in Bangkok for the ultra-violent Only God Forgives, while Matt Damon teams up with District 9 director Neill Blomkamp for the eagerly-awaited Elysium.

Digital Spy rounds up five films that are essential viewing below...

Only God Forgives
Release date: August 2
Why you should see it: The last time Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn united the result was dynamite thriller Drive. Only God Forgives promises to be something else entirely - a blood-soaked revenge odyssey through the mean streets of Bangkok. Cannes critics were divided when this premiered back in May, but you'll be able to make your mind up for yourself this month.



Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Release date: August 7
Why you should see it: Years in the making, this big-screen spin on Steve Coogan's hapless Norfolk DJ has already drawn rave reviews, effortlessly overcoming the curse of British TV-to-film adaptations. After the brilliant Mid Morning Matters, this is hardly a surprise. AP fans can also look forward to a host of new Partridgisms to add to "Jurassic Park!" (more on that later) including "clobber" and "I am siege face".



Kick-Ass 2
Release date: August 14
Why you should see it: Matthew Vaughn's twisted take on superheroes proved to be a surprise hit in 2009, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz getting significant career boosts thanks to their roles as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl respectively. There's no Nicolas Cage this time around, but everyone is eager to see what Jim Carrey (who controversially bailed on promoting the film) has up his sleeve as Colonel Stars and Stripes.



Elysium
Release date: August 21
Why you should see it: Neill Blomkamp made a splash with his South Africa-set science fiction movie District 9, so all eyes are on his follow-up, which paints on a larger canvas and packs in A-listers in the form of Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The story sees Damon play a factory worker who sets out to bring together the disparate class systems of 22nd century Earth.



Jurassic Park 3D
Release date: August 23
Why you should see it: For many, this will be a first opportunity to see Steven Spielberg's 1993 masterpiece on the big screen. Aptly re-released in IMAX 3D (imagine the size of those dinos!), it's already gone down a storm in the US and will act as a great primer for Colin Trevorrow's planned Jurassic Park 4.



Should The Conjuring, The Mortal Instruments or The Lone Ranger have made this list? Leave your comments and vote for your favourite movie below!

Which August release are you most looking forward to seeing?
Only God Forgives9.94%
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa19.79%
Kick-Ass 240.25%
Elysium16.57%
Jurassic Park 3D13.45%

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