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Rave reviews for yet-to-open 'Star Trek' movie

The first reviews are in for the new "Star Trek" movie - and it's not out for weeks.

"Out of this world!" raved London's Daily Mail, while The Hollywood Reporter called it "a sensational ride."

Though "Star Trek" won't open in the United States until May 8, those reviews appeared online after the film's London premiere Monday. That's a good sign for Paramount Pictures, which hopes to attract a new generation of fans to the aging franchise by casting young newcomers in roles that have been played by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and others since the television series launched in 1966. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams, the creative force behind ABC's "Lost" and "Alias."

The new reviews follow a spate of equally breathless reactions after Paramount treated an unsuspecting audience in Austin, Texas, to a screening earlier this month. Bloggers gushed about the special effects; the pop-culture site AintItCoolNews.com called the movie "confident and sharper than you can imagine."

All of which is making this "Star Trek" a movie event like "The Dark Knight" and "Sex in the City," two recent films so highly anticipated that reviews rolled in days before the release dates.

And competing studios seem to have ceded May 8 to Paramount, scheduling many of their star-studded films for other weekends.

While the movie officially opens in the United States on May 8, many theaters are expected to offer screenings May 7.

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