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TUESDAY

Rock ‘n’ roll can save the world—or at least Guitar Wolf can in Wild Zero, director Tetsuro Takeuchi’s 2000 debut about zombies, bikes, and love on the run. Young Ace (Masahi Endô) idolizes the Japanese rockers, from their requisite leather jackets to their immaculately greased pompadours. After Ace inadvertently saves the life of Guitar Wolf’s frontman, the band makes the hero a “rock ‘n’ roll blood brother” and gives him a magical whistle that will summon the Wolf if he’s ever in trouble. Lucky for Ace, because UFOs have invaded Earth, somehow causing the dead to rise from their graves. Meanwhile, Ace finds love, but his girlfriend turns out to be, er, more than meets the eye—a problem that is easily overcome through Guitar Wolf’s message of tolerance and self-acceptance. (The aliens and zombies, however, are handled a bit more aggressively.) Stapling together genre elements from all over the place, Wild Zero barely stops for air before launching into its next manic set piece. Try to keep up when the Washington Psychotronic Film Society presents the film at 8 p.m. at Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. $2 (suggested donation). (Jason Powell)