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.

Disney Plus puts “The Room Where It Happens” in homes for streaming a version of the play Hamilton, once bound for movie theaters. Covid-19 changed those cinematic plans, moving the project’s release up to the thoroughly appropriate July Fourth weekend. 

Both the grim and bright sides of humanity show up in the documentary Runner about one of Sudan’s Lost Boys war victims. 

With a nod to the old Twilight Zone series, a new movie called The Vast of
Night takes viewers back to the nineteen-fifties through a television screen
leading to Paradox Theater and a set of strange events. 

Two projects originally slated for theaters probably get better play with their recent Covid induced straight-to-streaming release rather than fighting it out with giant projects in big movie houses.

In the tradition of Clueless and The Easy A, the new Netflix release called The Half of It transfers a classic piece of literature to a high school setting while maintaining the source material’s ultimate message. 

With a track record that includes Glee, American Horror Story, and Feud, Ryan Murphy puts his own fantasy spin on movie history in his project called Hollywood. Setting the story in nineteen forty-eight, Murphy and his co-creators imagine a world where an openly gay Rock Hudson finds work, while non-whites like Anna Mae Wong manage to win Oscars.

People continue finding flexible and creative movie watching methods as Covid-Nineteen restrictions continue. For instance, Reno’s science film festival called Sci-on goes completely online next Monday rather than use its usual base at the National Automobile Museum.

Besides catching up on all those streaming options you meant to watch for the past three or four years, the Covid-19 pandemic provides opportunities to start your movie making career. 

Reaptown

Apr 17, 2020

A look at a horror film shot in Ely, Nevada.

Tiger King

Apr 10, 2020

The new Netflix documentary.

Contagion

Mar 24, 2020

The 2011 film Directed by Steven Soderbergh. With Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow.

Emma

Mar 24, 2020

A look at the new film directed by Autumn de Wilde.

Call Of The Wild

Feb 26, 2020

Harrison Ford stars in the new film.

Downhill

Feb 20, 2020

The new film starring Julia Louis Dreyfus and Will Ferrell.

2020 Oscar Shorts

Feb 13, 2020

A look at the Academy Award winning short films.

Corbin Allred, Dan Ackroyd, Jeff Griffin, Lauren Bacall, Robin Holabird and Kirk Douglas talking with each other.
Courtesy of Robin Holabird

Robin Holabird has reviewed movies for KUNR for over 30 years. During this time, she has been a vital contributor to the Nevada film community. In light of the recent passing of Kirk Douglas, a world-renowned actor, Holabird reflected on a memory she shared with Douglas:

Oscars So Red 2

Feb 7, 2020

Another look at ideal wines to pair with Best Picture nominees.

Oscars So Red 1

Feb 4, 2020

Robin pairs this year's Oscar nominees with wine.

Like A Boss

Jan 17, 2020

The new film starring Salma Hayak, Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne.

1917

Jan 3, 2020

A new film by director Sam Mendes.

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