Hunter Heilman

Hunter Heilman

Hunter is the current editor-in-chief for The Niner Times. He is a junior Communications major who wishes he were a dog and wants to pet your dog if you have one. Hunter has been a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA) since August 2015. Please do not hesitate to shoot him an e-mail at editor@ninertimes.com for any questions or concerns and he'll be sure to get back to you ASAP.

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Lost City of Z’ is a rattling exploratory wonder

| April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Lost City of Z’ is a rattling exploratory wonder

There’s something about a film that takes place in wilderness that I always seem to gravitate to and my theory on this is that myself being such an indoor person that the prospect of seeing a film about the vast wilderness is just as foreign and mystical to me as something as fantasy heavy as […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Their Finest’ is possibly the most inoffensive film ever made

| April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Their Finest’ is possibly the most inoffensive film ever made

Before we start, I need to voice my opposition to this film’s R rating, which the MPAA describes as “R for some language and a scene of sexuality.” In the film, this constitutes three uses of the word “fuck” and a single scene of a random female character straddling another man with light side-boobage. Meanwhile, […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Free Fire’ is a misfire

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Free Fire’ is a misfire

There was a lot of hype surrounding “Free Fire” in the months leading up to its release. Not only was it one of the first publicized roles for Brie Larson after her incredibly unanimous Academy Award win for “Room,” but it also showcases filmmaker Ben Wheatley to a much larger audience than before. Wheatley’s other […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unforgettable’ is ironically all too forgettable

| April 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unforgettable’ is ironically all too forgettable

Let’s address the elephant in my head here (because I know none of you have ever noticed): I am way too forgiving with bland domestic thrillers. Most of the time, I’m surrounded by a packed, rowdy audience that makes the experience of seeing a film like that much better. With films like “No Good Deed,” […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Phoenix Forgotten’ is a shockingly engaging sci-fi thriller

| April 22, 2017 | 1 Comment
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Phoenix Forgotten’ is a shockingly engaging sci-fi thriller

I’ve made my feelings on found footage films pretty clear in my brief time here at the Niner Times. While there were some films that really turned the sub-genre on its head, the trend has quickly devolved into the laughing stock of the horror community. Last year, Lionsgate really hyped up the official sequel to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tommy’s Honour’ is about as special as air

| April 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tommy’s Honour’ is about as special as air

Growing up, many male members of my family played golf, with most of them still continuing to do so regularly. While I was never good enough to properly pick up the sport, I did pick up quite a few golf video-games that I still play to this day, primarily the “Hot Shots Golf” and “Tiger […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Colossal’ is a whirlwind of refreshing unpredictability

| April 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Colossal’ is a whirlwind of refreshing unpredictability

This past weekend treated audiences to “The Fate of the Furious,” the 8th installment in the “Fast & Furious” franchise that has been ongoing since 2001. While reception to the film (which I have not seen and do not plan to see) was warm enough, it brings forth the question of “Even in a respected […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Raw (Grave)’ is the best coming-of-age cannibal film ever made

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Raw (Grave)’ is the best coming-of-age cannibal film ever made

Last semester, I was tasked on writing a 10-page paper on the New French Extremity, a movement of French filmmakers in the ’90s and 2000s that focused on pushing the boundaries of all genres, though it was primarily based in the horror genre. Films like “Irreversible,” “Enter the Void,” “High Tension,” “Martyrs” and “Frontier(s)” shocked […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Aftermath’ is emotionally gripping, if a bit messy

| April 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Aftermath’ is emotionally gripping, if a bit messy

I try my best to review as much indie film as I can, but typically that stops at the edge of one of the three Regal art-house theaters in Charlotte. Unfortunately, I simply don’t find the time to sit down and watch as many VOD releases as I used to back before I was appointed […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Land of Mine (Under sandet)’ is brutally tense and surprisingly moving

| April 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Land of Mine (Under sandet)’ is brutally tense and surprisingly moving

WWII movies are a bit of cliché now in Hollywood, with each studio putting in a stake of their own in this massive sub-genre of films that have fallen on both spectrums of quality. On one end, you have films like “Saving Private Ryan” that redefine the genre in an epic, brutal, heartbreaking adventure with […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a hauntingly effective thriller, despite its controversy

| March 31, 2017 | 1 Comment
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a hauntingly effective thriller, despite its controversy

Let’s get the elephant out of the room right now, so I can focus on the film at hand and its effectiveness without bringing the politics of its production into account. “Ghost in the Shell,” an adaption of the über-popular 1995 anime film of the same name (which in turn was based on the 1989 […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Song to Song’ is an almost laughable jab at Terrence Malick

| March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Song to Song’ is an almost laughable jab at Terrence Malick

I love Terrence Malick, his movies are the perfect mixture of weird, etherial, poetic, unique, beautiful, poignant and effective that no other filmmaker of this era has been able to emulate even slightly successfully. I wholeheartedly believe that “The Thin Red Line” is one of the greatest films about war ever made, as well as […]

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The Girl in the Spiders Web

| March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Girl in the Spiders Web

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is the fourth book in the “Millennium” series of books originally written by Stieg Larsson. The original trilogy, published posthumously in 2006, took the world by storm, including a Swedish trilogy of films and a high-profile American remake starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Published in 2015, “The Girl […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Sense of an Ending’ is a lovely mystery that makes the mundane wondrous

| March 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Sense of an Ending’ is a lovely mystery that makes the mundane wondrous

For the first time in such a long time that I can’t even recall whether or not I’ve done it before at all, I sat down in a movie theater, let the lights go down and began to watch a film I had not seen the trailer for. Every single time I sit down for […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ is loads better than it has any right to be

| March 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ is loads better than it has any right to be

I’ll be honest, I’ve never watched an episode of “Power Rangers” in my life, to which some people respond to with an almost shocking sense of disbelief. As a child, I gravitated towards more comedic properties like Disney sitcoms and Nickelodeon animated shows, but never really ever felt like getting into anything particularly action related. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Life’ is an artful, effective rip-off

| March 22, 2017 | 1 Comment
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Life’ is an artful, effective rip-off

Space movies are quite the hot commodity nowadays, with nearly every studio dipping their foot into the sub-genre with varying degrees of success. To this day, “Gravity” has yet to be topped when it comes to sheer ferocity of a space film, while “Interstellar” was easily the most ambitious, while “The Martian” found fun in […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Belko Experiment’ is gruesomely dull

| March 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Belko Experiment’ is gruesomely dull

I’ve probably told this story before, but there was a time that I hated the “Hunger Games” series. In high school, I had quite a predilection for the 2000 Kenji Fukusaku Japanese epic “Battle Royale,” which shares quite a few similarities between each other. Both films (and their literary predecessors) revolve around an oppressive national […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Personal Shopper’ is a mostly successful twist on the classic ghost story

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Personal Shopper’ is a mostly successful twist on the classic ghost story

It was a bit of an internet meme for a while, remember? Remember when hating on Kristen Stewart was cool? How everyone hated her simply for playing a bad character in a series that just happened to have blown up? Remember how cruel we were? If anything, this re-emergence of Kristen Stewart as a bona […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is an exciting look into the Legendary Monsterverse

| March 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is an exciting look into the Legendary Monsterverse

I remember when Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” hit theaters in 2005, even though I was too afraid to buckle down and actually see it, on account that the islanders depicted in the film scared the crap out of me. Still, even when I did see it, Jackson’s three-hour epic was a sight to behold, with […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a gorgeous retelling of tale as old as time…

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a gorgeous retelling of tale as old as time…

When it comes to animated films, “Beauty and the Beast” falls at the no. 3 position for my all time favorite animated films, with “Mulan” coming in at no. 2 and Studio Ghibli’s “Nausicäa of the Valley of the Wind” as the reigning ruler of all animated films. “Beauty and the Beast” means quite a […]

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