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'The Iron Claw' recaptures electric era of pro wrestling

It's a measure of how far pop culture has progressed that "The Iron Claw" is neither Zac Efron's first critically praised performance, nor is it the first film about professional wrestling to earn critical acclaim.

"The Wrestler" revitalized Mickey Rourke's career 16 years ago, and Efron's performance was the best thing about "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" five years ago, but what still makes "The Iron Claw" stand out is how successfully it simulates a specific era of professional wrestling.

Get ready for yet another rant from your Eighties-obsessed Uncle Kirk about the zeitgeist...


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