Holiday Season Sees Big Movie Releases With the holidays approach ing, people are starting to plan family outings. Going to the movies is always at the top of the list of things to do on a weekend, and there are a few films that look promising for the holiday season. The long-awaited film version of the first part of the seventh Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part i, came out on November 19, and made over $1.25 million in its opening weekend. In this installment of the hugely popular series, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on a mission to find and destroy the pieces of Voldemort’s soul to kill him once and for all. The second movie that tops the holiday list is the next in the line of films based on the books by C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Ed mund, Lucy, and their cousin Eustice go on a fantastical, whirlwind adven ture filled with dragons, mermaids, and menacing slave traders. Look for this movie, showing in 3D, in theaters on December 10. Joy Close, Staff Writer The third movie which looks worth seeing this holiday season is Tron: Legacy, out in theaters on December 17. It is a fast-paced 3D ad venture that is rumored to equal, if not surpass, last year’s Avatar in special ef fects and 3D image quality. IMDB says that Tron: Legacy is about “a virtual- world worker [who] looks to take down the Master Control Program.” Other films opening throughout De cember include: Black Swan, featuring Natalie Portman opens December 3rd The Tourist, featuring Angelie Jolie and Johnny Depp, opens December 10th How Do You Know, featuring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson, opens December 17th Gulliver’s Travels, featuring Jack Black as Gulliver, opens December 22nd Ask Gigi M i „l5^rGigi, I just failed the English competency test for the second time, and I’m seriously pissed! I gave it my all on both attempts, but I just couldn’t get the grammar uiider my belt in time. Now the beautiful “B” for which I’ve worked so hard this semester is an “F,” and there’s nothing I can do about it. Is it even worth show ing up to the final? I don’t feel like putting on a brave face anymore. And how- can I avoid this mess ne.xt semester? Sincerely, Frustrated Freshie ; Dear Frustrated Freshie, I know the competency test is a pain, but all hope is not lost! You should still gq to the final exam, even though it’s a tough action to take. Doing so will prove to\ your professor that you are NOT a quitter, and should you choose to retake her section of ENG 111, she’ll be more inclined to spend one-on-one timex helping you prepare for the competency test beginning early next semester. ,7 If you end up with a different professor, take the responsible initiative to tell ? her about your competency test struggles within the first w-eek of class so that 3; you can devise interventions together that will help you succeed the next time - around, I also suggest that you set up a standing appointment in the Learning'i'- Center with a wxiting tutor in the spring so that she can help you steadily work' tow'ards your goal of grammar masteiy, and make sure to attend every review- session the English department offers. Most importantly, don’t let your negath%/' ! feelings about the competency test further impede your forward progress this semester. Finish out strong so that you can start fresh in the spring! Yours tnily, Gigi photos from http://koimoi.c2w.com, http://img.trekmovie.com, and http://www. apocalypticmovies.com/tron-legacy-wallpapers/, clockwise from top left .wVaH Advertise Here! Email heraldadvertising@meredith.edu

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