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Robin Holabird

Commentator, Robin Holabird's Film Review

Robin Holabird reviews movies for KUNR. A former radio news reporter, Robin appreciates that the KUNR format explores stories in depth. Robin's reviews have aired on KUNR for more than 30 years. During that time, she has had a high profile in the Nevada film community. She worked as a Nevada Film Commissioner for more than 20 years, helping producers use state locations and resources for such projects as "Love Ranch," "C.S.I.," "Sister Act," and hundreds more. She is a founder and first president of the Reno Film Festival and active in other cultural groups like Sierra Arts. When not hanging out in darkened movie theaters, Robin is an outdoor enthusiast who has run the Boston Marathon six times.

For this week's Movie Minutes, KUNR Entertainment Reviewer Robin Holabird looks at the movie Voyagers, and says it's a thrilling sci-fi adventure that showcases young talent.

A movie poster for the film "French Exit." Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges are sitting in the back of a car with a black cat between them. They are both looking forward with straight faces.
Sony Pictures

KUNR entertainment reviewer Robin Holabird says the movie French Exit is a dramatic and comedic adventure buoyed by one of Hollywood's most accomplished actresses.

KUNR Entertainment Reviewer Robin Holabird says the movie Crisis takes a dramatic look at the opioid crisis.

A movie poster for the film “The Courier.” Headshots of Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan and Jessie Buckley looking away from the camera.
FilmNation Entertainment

KUNR entertainment reviewer Robin Holabird says the movie The Courier offers an interesting perspective on a tense time in U.S. history.

KUNR Entertainment Reviewer Robin Holabird says the movie The Father, available in Reno theaters this weekend, showcases magnetic performances from two great performers.

KUNR Entertainment Reviewer Robin Holabird says the film Chaos Walking has thought-provoking themes but lacks the energy of similar titles.

KUNR Entertainment Reviewer Robin Holabird says the new film Judas and the Black Messiah uses strong storytelling to create a powerful drama.

Minari movie poster. A man and a young boy are looking away from the camera. The man is holding a baseball bat in one arm and embracing the young boy with the other.

KUNR entertainment reviewer Robin Holabird finds strong family dynamics in the movie Minari, currently playing in theaters.

For this week's Movie Minutes, KUNR Entertainment Reviewer Robin Holabird explores the film Land and says it offers strong acting and striking scenery.

The word "Nomadland" is at the center, and spelled out in license plates.
Searchlight Pictures

KUNR Film Critic Robin Holabird says the new movie Nomadland rates as one of the best ever filmed in Nevada.

For this week's Movie Minutes, KUNR Film Critic Robin Holabird explores today’s theatrical release Supernova and says the film takes a fresh look at Alzheimer's Disease.

The White Tiger movie poster.

For this week's Movie Minutes, KUNR Film Critic Robin Holabird explores the movie The White Tiger and says this Indian film offers much more than traditional Bollywood fare.

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. are looking at the camera.
Amazon Studios

One Night in Miami theorizes what happened when four famous men got together in a small hotel room after the world heavyweight boxing championship. Instead of partying like crazy, they got into serious discussions about racism in America. One of the men, Cassius Clay, planned to upend expectations by announcing a change of faith and name. Under leadership and guidance by another guy in the room — Malcolm X — Clay aimed towards a different role as Muhammad Ali, the newly crowned heavyweight champion of the world. Malcolm hoped the two other men in the room — football player Jim Brown and singer Sam Cooke — would join the movement and use their influence to forcefully demand racial parity.

Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel both look to the right.
Universal Pictures

The movie News of the World delivers a revisionist Western. The term “revisionist” used to mean a project that felt grittier than Roy Rogers singing cowboy songs, but now it refers to politically correct attitudes that defy traditional classics like The Searchers. That John Wayne/John Ford epic spent decades on lists as the greatest western movie ever made, with gorgeous location shots of Monument Valley standing tall while the epitome of a hero put his own needs aside as he searches for a little girl kidnapped by Comanches.

Carey Mulligan is holding a bar of lipstick. The title of the movie is written in lipstick in front of Mulligan.
Focus Features

In the evolving genre of movies about avenging rape, Promising Young Woman offers an original approach.  Forget macho Charles Bronson's gun-toting from Death Wish. Forget Uma Thurman’s martial arts kicks in the two Kill Bills. Forget graphic violence a la I Spit on Your Grave. With sly psychology, actress Carrie Mulligan’s title character turns the genre around in writer-director Emerald Fennell’s promising new movie.

Robin Holabird and Dawn Wells stand next to each other and smiling at the camera.
Courtesy of Robin Holabird

Reno native Dawn Wells, an actress most known for her role in Gilligan’s Island, died from COVID-19 last week in southern California. KUNR film reviewer Robin Holabird shares some memories of Dawn, who kept Reno close to her heart.

The movie's main character, Joe, is walking down stairs made of piano keys while smiling at the camera.

After solving the mysteries of talking toys, cars and fish, the Disney-Pixar group finds answers to soul-searching questions in its newest release. Soul checks in on the meaning of life, as its main character sidesteps death and falls into the wrong space as an inadvertent mentor. Perfect for kids, right?

A profile of Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan looking past each other with water in the background.

Having finally visited one of my bucket list destinations during a 2020 COVID-safe road trip this summer, I come to the movie Ammonite with an extra degree of enthusiasm.

Heidi Schreck is holding a U.S. Constitution and smiling.
Amazon Studios

The new take on Broadway’s play called What the Constitution Means to Me defies typical movie reviewer reactions. We critics usually chastise filmmakers who fail to make a screen version of a play feel cinematic. But both director Marielle Heller and writer/star Heidi Schreck deserve kudos for bringing the sense of an intimate play onto home screens.

Luis Gerardo Méndez and Connor Del Rio run toward the camera while Del Rio carries a goat.
Focus Features

Things get weird when I describe why I like the new movie Half Brothers so well. Okay, not so odd when I mention that I take Spanish classes, so I appreciate the chance to listen to the language, which occurs off and on during the film. But perhaps weird when I chuckle at a sideline gag about a kid wearing masks of famous movie serial killers. And especially peculiar when I feel rewarded for finding a story that makes good use of a goat. Hey, I like goats.