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The Secret of Kells 

An allegorical tale about faith, The Secret of Kells is aimed at family audiences, but fans of animation also will enjoy Tomm Moore's color bursts and visual wit, teasing action out of Celtic runes, the pages of books and other clever two-dimensional trickery. It's a brilliant approach to illustrate the tale of young Brendan, who is simultaneously learning the craft of calligraphy and chronicling the plight of his community. His enclave in the walled Abbey of Kells is awaiting the onslaught of invaders from the north, a terrifying mix of Viking-helmeted marauders, creeping shadows and fire. His uncle the Abbot compels the people of Kells to focus solely on construction of a wall to keep the menace out. Others counsel that they cannot defeat the looming darkness and must not give up their faith or capitulate to fear in the face of brute force. For Brendan, it is a matter of whether he is allowed to work on an unfinished book or labor to build walls. To secure berries for ink, he leaves the abbey for the first time and begins to question the nature of the outside and how one faces the encroaching abyss. Though magical and mystical at times, it is clearly about faith, though it often refrains from explicitly describing the struggle in religious terms. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students/seniors, $5 Zeitgeist members, children 14-under free with paid adult. — Will Coviello

Through May 30

The Secret of Kells

5:30 p.m. Fri.-Wed.; May 21-26; May 28-30

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858;

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