Hunter Heilman

Hunter Heilman

Hunter is the current editor-in-chief for The Niner Times. He is a senior 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. Hunter has been the editor-in-chief since May 2016. 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: ‘Friend Request’ will make you want to delete your account

| September 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Friend Request’ will make you want to delete your account

Horror reflects our society at every turn, whether we realize it or not. “Rosemary’s Baby” depicted horror as a depiction of violence against women, “Dawn of the Dead” dealt with modern consumerism, “The People Under the Stairs” dealt with Reagan-era class divides and Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” tackled 21st century racism. Each of these films […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is a gracefully lesser sequel

| September 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is a gracefully lesser sequel

Back in very early 2015, I somehow snagged passes to an early screening of Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” a film I arguably didn’t know too much about going into, but ended up having an insane amount of fun with, awarding it a perfect 5/5 and having it land the number 8 spot on […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘mother!’ is a beautifully bleak masterwork of epically unpredictable proportions

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘mother!’ is a beautifully bleak masterwork of epically unpredictable proportions

If anyone has ever talked to me about movies before, you would know that “Kill Bill” is my favorite film of all time, but not that many people know what my second favorite film of all time is: “Black Swan.” Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 psychological thriller paints a beautifully chaotic picture of the downfall of a […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘It’ has every element of great modern horror boiled down to single film

| September 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘It’ has every element of great modern horror boiled down to single film

I’m not afraid of clowns, really. Sure, they’re a little unsettling, but they’ve never outright scared me. So I never really got the appeal around the 1990 mini-series “It” when I was a child. I got that it was about a clown that terrorized children, but I never understood why that was supposed to scare […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tulip Fever’ is period fodder of the most ridiculous disposition

| September 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tulip Fever’ is period fodder of the most ridiculous disposition

Oh, “Tulip Fever,” how we hardly knew thee…even if we hard about you far too much. The road for “Tulip Fever” and its release to theaters has been the farthest thing from an easy one. Back in 2004, DreamWorks Pictures had acquired the rights to Deborah Moggach’s 1999 novel of the same name, with Jude […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Patti Cake$’ is a charming, raw crowd-pleaser

| August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Patti Cake$’ is a charming, raw crowd-pleaser

Rap is not something I am completely familiar with. My Spotify playlists are packed full of 20th century diva jams, early 2000s bubblegum pop and weird songs I hear in various movies I see. I have a friend, obsessed with rap and hip-hop, who will stop at nothing to get me into the genre, but […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D’ still remains one of, if not the finest sci-fi film of all time

| August 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D’ still remains one of, if not the finest sci-fi film of all time

James Cameron has had a bit of an issue with timing lately, as on the eve of the re-release of his classic sci-fi epic “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” the famed director made headlines in criticizing the recent success of “Wonder Woman” hitting theaters. I’m not sure yet whether this will end up hurting the release […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ingrid Goes West’ is a biting, expertly crafted satire

| August 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ingrid Goes West’ is a biting, expertly crafted satire

In 2017, satire is something that’s harder than ever to accomplish, as our reality seems more like satire than anything we can actually make up and when satire does come around, masses of people love to interpret it as a serious take on something (see people’s reaction to the Tina Fey cake skit on SNL). […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘What Happened to Monday’ is a devilishly savvy indie sci-fi thriller

| August 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘What Happened to Monday’ is a devilishly savvy indie sci-fi thriller

Noomi Rapace hasn’t quite gotten the attention she completely deserves. While she was the acclaimed lead of the original Swedish “Millennium” trilogy as the titular Lisbeth Salander, and went on to large roles in films such as “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and the lead role in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” she has been noticeably […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wind River’ is as beautifully cold and unforgiving as its setting

| August 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wind River’ is as beautifully cold and unforgiving as its setting

Taylor Sheridan isn’t a name that might initially spark recognition from name alone from anyone who isn’t heavily invested in the film scene, but there’s a good chance you’ve at least heard great things about the films he writes. His debut screenplay, “Sicario,” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015 and released to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Logan Lucky’ is the wildest film to ever happen in our own backyard

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Logan Lucky’ is the wildest film to ever happen in our own backyard

When Steven Soderbergh announced his retirement from film, I felt an instant void in my movie-watching experience. Over the years, Soderbergh proved himself to be one of the most innovative and flexible filmmakers, with films like the “Ocean’s Trilogy,” “Contagion,” “Traffic,” “Side Effects,” “Contagion” and “Magic Mike,” he showed a real versatility as a filmmaker […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Brigsby Bear’ is the one of the most emotionally endearing films in years

| August 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Brigsby Bear’ is the one of the most emotionally endearing films in years

Indie comedies are hit or miss when it comes to their final effects. Some comedies, such as the ├╝ber-successful “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” offer up wonderful laughs with a large amount of heart. Others, like “The Hollars,” miss their mark with unlikable characters, mismatched tones and uneven jokes. From Sundance this year, the indie […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ’13 Minutes (Elser)’ is a delicate, if pedestrian World War II drama

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ’13 Minutes (Elser)’ is a delicate, if pedestrian World War II drama

When it comes to World War II films, “Dunkirk” is all the rage at the moment. Christopher Nolan’s massive action-thriller has audiences and critics on their feet cheering for its achievements (including my own 5/5 review for it). But World War II is not a foreign subject for filmmakers to cover, in fact, it might […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ is a terrifying step-up from its horrid predecessor

| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ is a terrifying step-up from its horrid predecessor

Before I start my review, I need to address the topic of theatrical experiences. Many film critics are wondering why streaming services such as Netflix are beginning to gain traction as legitimate film producers with films like “Okja” and “To the Bone” going directly to those streaming softwares as opposed to a traditional theatrical release. […]

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