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: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a game-breaking prologue to an intriguing finale

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a game-breaking prologue to an intriguing finale

NOTICE: There are NO SPOILERS in this review. There’s a lot to be unpacked here, and I’m not going to sit here and pretend like all of my feelings are lined up perfectly in a row for careful analysis. Nor do I really think it’s a film that requires that as its main goal here is to […]

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Retroactive: The Pop Culture that Shaped Us

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
Retroactive: The Pop Culture that Shaped Us

Jeffrey Kopp (A&E Editor) Movie: “Tarzan” (1999) – This is a film that hits me in the feels every single time that I watch it. The soundtrack by Phil Collins adds so much emotional depth to the movie; “Two Worlds” and “You’ll Be in My Heart” are the definite standouts. This is by far my […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Gemini’ is a pitch perfect, neon-drenched neo-noir

| April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Gemini’ is a pitch perfect, neon-drenched neo-noir

Recently, I’ve been replaying Rockstar’s underrated video game “L.A. Noire” on its PS4 remaster. It made me realize how much I miss the noir genre in film, but I couldn’t really place where the last film of the genre I’d seen had been. The trailer for “Gemini” came out a good while back, back in […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Final Portrait’ is a loving, if inconsequential love letter to a lost artist

| April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Final Portrait’ is a loving, if inconsequential love letter to a lost artist

Actors who direct are a dime-a-dozen, with only a few really translating into anything truly noteworthy. Angelina Jolie’s breakthrough with last year’s Netflix foreign war drama “First They Killed My Father” broke her curse of historically tepid movies, Clint Eastwood has made a new career directing as opposed to acting, while Ron Howard has a […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Feel Pretty’ is a shockingly charming and genuine romantic comedy

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Feel Pretty’ is a shockingly charming and genuine romantic comedy

I don’t particularly like Amy Schumer, but I certainly don’t hate her either. I understand a lot of people’s grievances with the comedian, but I honestly just don’t care enough to actively go out of my way to dislike her. I liked “Trainwreck,” but I hated “Snatched,” so the potential for Schumer to deliver a […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Isle of Dogs’ is a rare misstep for Wes Anderson

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Isle of Dogs’ is a rare misstep for Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson isn’t my favorite filmmaker, but I really do look forward to his films every time they come along, as they’re always refreshing takes on film in an age of drastic nihilism. “Isle of Dogs” is Anderson’s second foray into the world of animated film after “Fantastic Mr. Fox” in 2009. This time, Anderson […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rampage’ is unbelievably stupid, if forgettable, fun

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rampage’ is unbelievably stupid, if forgettable, fun

Video game movies are making a bit of a comeback this year, but they aren’t any more respected as in the past. This being said, there was one special case that nearly blew my socks off this year with “Tomb Raider,” the Alicia Vikander reboot that was hit-or-miss for critics, but warmed my heart as […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ready Player One’ is Spielberg magic gone very wrong

| April 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ready Player One’ is Spielberg magic gone very wrong

It’s almost a cliché to love Steven Spielberg, but what isn’t to love? He’s brought us some of the most magical films we’ve ever seen in the span of a 40+ year career. The wonderful thing about Spielberg is that in his magic, he finds a way to always diversify his cinematic repertoire. For every […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Acrimony’ is ridiculous, yet somehow engaging fodder

| March 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Acrimony’ is ridiculous, yet somehow engaging fodder

There was a time in my life when I enjoyed Tyler Perry movies. I was young enough to find Madea to be hilarious, and the stories to be engaging enough to ignore their flaws. To this day, I still can very much so enjoy the early works of his as the benefit of nostalgia is […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unsane’ is schlocky, bonkers, uneasy handheld fun

| March 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unsane’ is schlocky, bonkers, uneasy handheld fun

Most filmmakers have a “brand” that they subscribe to, what they’re known for. George Romero was known for zombie films, Christopher Nolan has intelligent epics, David Fincher has sleek, mind-bending thrillers, while Spielberg brings movie magic to any genre. Steven Soderbergh has never had a brand of an kind. His films are all so different […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tomb Raider’ is 10 tons of video game fun

| March 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tomb Raider’ is 10 tons of video game fun

I like video games. I don’t often lay down my hard earned money on them, but the good thing is that I’m so bad at video games that it typically takes me over a year to complete a single game. “Rise of the Tomb Raider” was the first game I ever popped into my Playstation […]

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Spice up your Ramen

| March 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
Spice up your Ramen

We all love Ramen, and even if you don’t, I’m sure you’ve been forced to eat it as a college student before. It’s almost a cliché how much of a staple ramen has become for the “broke college student.” It’s insanely cheap and easy to make, and you can make it in a dorm room. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ meets the mark, but never blows past it

| March 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ meets the mark, but never blows past it

When I saw “Selma” back in 2014, I knew I had seen something special. Not only did it top the list of my favorite films of the year, it kickstarted my love affair with Ava DuVernay, a director as versatile as she is undeniably talented. When it was announced that her next film would be […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ is a lean, mean killing machine

| March 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ is a lean, mean killing machine

“The Strangers” was one of the first horror films I had the courage to watch as a kid, and because of it, it’s always stayed in my mind as one of my favorites. Not only because of that, but because home invasion was one of my biggest childhood fears. Today, that fear has somewhat subsided, […]

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