The Best Washing Machine Comes Equipped With Sibling Rivalry, Hard Choices, and Big Secrets

"The Best Washing Machine" Comes Equipped With Sibling Rivalry, Hard Choices, and Big Secrets

By Jay Bamber

With "The Best Washing Machine in the World", This Is Us reaffirms its understanding of the tone and rhythm of its narrative and its protagonists. 18 Jan 2017 // 8:30 AM

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//Recent Reviews

6 Nov 2005 // 10:00 PM

	Cartel: Chroma

If you're not under 25 and mad at your parents, this debut from the Atlanta pop-punkers has limited ear-candy appeal.

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	John Coltrane: The Bethlehem Years

His work in Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk's bands from the same era feature much more exploratory, innovative, and passionate playing.

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	Bloodhound Gang: Hefty Fine

Hefty Fine is repulsive in every possible way. Maybe if we ignore it, it'll go away.

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	The Bats: At the National Grid

On their sixth release in over two decades, The Bats are a case study in 'What to Do to Remain Relevant'.

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4 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Paradise Now (2005)

At the start of the powerful Paradise Now, the bombers are quiet, even stunned at the news that their mission is set for tomorrow.

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4 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

My Morning Jacket

With the onset of darkness I was able to write feverishly, picking up on subtleties like 'lots of hair' and 'still dark', jottings that might later be transcribed into something insightful...

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EAT II: A Collection of Words and Pictures by Robert Pollard

It's hard to find any meaningful distinction between Pollard's poems and his songs, other than the latter generally work, and the former generally don't.

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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

As Noah Baumbach's film tracks Walt's slow evolution during the months surrounding his parents' divorce, it keeps something of a distance, wry and observant.

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4 Nov 2005 // 12:00 AM

Jarhead (2005)

Jarhead doesn't lose sight of this basic truth of war. More effective weapons only deepen its despair.

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Batman Begins (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition with Comic Book) (2004)

Nolan's Batman is perpetually knotted up, unable to forget his dead parents, seeking a vague solace in his hard body's capacity for violence.

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Playing to Lose: The Tragedy of 'This Is the Police'

// Moving Pixels

"Video gamers are not accustomed to playing to lose.

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