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New movies for May 8

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Star Trek

The gist: Some TV show from the '60s gets the Batman Begins treatment. You may have heard about it in passing. PG-13

Starring: John Cho, Ben Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy.

The buzz: This movie is proof that haters who badmouth a reinvention should probably watch the damn movie before opening their yaps. "In Star Trek, the clever and infectious reboot of the amazingly enduring sci-fi classic, director J.J. Abrams crafts an origin myth that avoids any hint of the origin doldrums. That's because he rewires us back into the original Star Trek's primal appeal," Entertainment Weekly gushes.

Next Day Air

The gist: Imagine if Craig from Friday still had his job delivering packages, and he got high one day and delivered 10 kilos of coke to the wrong address. Hilarious, right? We can't help but notice it's set in Philadelphia, too, which we find appropriate, having been victims of bad deliveries to Philadelphia addresses. R

Starring: Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Wood Harris, Omari Hardwick, Emilio Rivera, Darius McCrary, Cisco Reyes and Mos Def.

The buzz: Would you believe that the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert actually gave it a glowing review? "A bloody screwball comedy, a film of high spirits. It tells a complicated story with acute timing and clarity, and gives us drug-dealing lowlifes who are almost poetic in their clockwork dialogue." With this cast, we can believe that.

Also playing

Scatter Brothers Productions, a group of young filmmakers, will present two projects by Tampa residents, Euphoria and Pocket Full of Gold, on Friday at Channelside Cinemas' La Dolce Vita lounge. Potential investors and VIPS get private screenings and cocktails at 8 p.m., but the public is admitted free for encore showings.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

Steve Spears is still stuck in the '80s, almost 20 years after they ended. Check out his favorite Star Trek movie moments at blogs.tampabay.com/80s.

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