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: ‘Wonderstruck’ is a uniquely challenging, quietly rewarding fantasy

| November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wonderstruck’ is a uniquely challenging, quietly rewarding fantasy

I didn’t like “Carol.” Sue me. Whenever I utter my distaste for “Carol,” I’m suddenly expected to explain the multitude of reasons I never found it compelling or interesting. Whenever a queer love story can’t draw me into its world, it’s a heartbreaking scenario for me, and Todd Haynes initiated that with “Carol” in me. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lady Bird’ is a nostalgia trip of expertly crafted means

| November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lady Bird’ is a nostalgia trip of expertly crafted means

“Lady Bird” takes place during the 2002-03 school year for our lead, the same year I moved to North Carolina from Texas at the cusp of my 6th birthday, starting first grade. These were the first years of my life where I actually began to concretely put together memories of specific pop culture events. I […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute) [120 battements par minute] is a crushing look inside French AIDS activism

| November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute) [120 battements par minute] is a crushing look inside French AIDS activism

The AIDS crisis, while still a topic of discussion, isn’t the major plague it used to be. Thanks to a more open willingness to talk and medical advancements over the years, HIV and AIDS is nowhere near the death sentence it used to be, even if it still hasn’t been eradicated yet. Affecting mostly gay […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is golden age Hollywood mystery

| November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is golden age Hollywood mystery

I’m a bit of a stan for Agatha Christie. Her books are all as straightforward, yet enticing thrillers that find the best and worst in human nature and pin it against each character like a target. While “Murder on the Orient Express” is a masterwork in its own right, my heart forever lies with “And […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is a lukewarm follow-up to a surprising original

| November 5, 2017 | 1 Comment
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ is a lukewarm follow-up to a surprising original

I went into “Bad Moms” thinking it was going to be a terrible film. The trailers for the film set it up as a pandering cry to mothers seeking “The Hangover” style debauchery about motherhood. What ended up being was a fun, surprisingly hilarious, well-acted and incredibly sweet film about the pressure that motherhood has […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Florida Project’ is an uncomfortably challenging, yet oddly fulfilling look at life

| November 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Florida Project’ is an uncomfortably challenging, yet oddly fulfilling look at life

When it comes to making the best of a film on a tiny budget, you just can’t really find anything better than 2015’s “Tangerine.” While I wasn’t able to catch it in theaters, as it never actually found a theater to screen in in Charlotte, Sean Baker’s dark comedy about two transgender sex workers in […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ is boldly tepid horror

| November 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ is boldly tepid horror

Yorgos Lanthimos is a filmmaker never has been known to mince words in his films. He’s a bold, daring filmmaker that works his ass off to make sure that he can push the boundary as much as possible in his films. His first big hit, “Dogtooth,” was a strangely disturbing family drama that could scar […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a raucous, retro roller coaster ride

| October 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is a raucous, retro roller coaster ride

When it comes to Hollywood blockbusters, there’s no doubt that Disney is top of the pack. Whether it be through their mainline brand of releasing, with family movie smashes like “Moana” and “Beauty and the Beast,” it’s Pixar brand with “Cars 3” and “Inside Out,” their Lucasfilm brand with behemoths like “Star Wars: The Force […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Jigsaw’ might just be the best ‘Saw’ film since the first

| October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Jigsaw’ might just be the best ‘Saw’ film since the first

Here’s the thing with the “Saw” series: I am incredibly nostalgic for the series, and yet I don’t think I really like a single one of them. Okay, okay, maybe that’s a bit of hyperbole, as I do like the first one and greatly enjoy the second installment, but after those two entries, the series […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Suburbicon’ is an unmitigated Oscar-bait disaster

| October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Suburbicon’ is an unmitigated Oscar-bait disaster

Actors turned directors are often quite successful affairs, with just this year Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, “Lady Bird,” receiving a lot of major talk for awards come Winter. Other successful outings include Sofia Coppola, Angelina Jolie, Ron Howard, Lake Bell and George Clooney, among others. Clooney, returning for his 6th feature film, is seeking to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘All I See Is You’ is blind ambition wholly realized

| October 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘All I See Is You’ is blind ambition wholly realized

There’s been a new trend of finding major film stars in films of a more esoteric nature than we might expect from Hollywood elites. With Jennifer Lawrence in “mother!,” Kirsten Dunst in “Woodshock” and arguably the entire cast of “Blade Runner 2049” flexing their weird, artsy side. Now, seemingly out of the blue, Blake Lively […]

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A Trip to the North Carolina Zoo

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
A Trip to the North Carolina Zoo

The Aviary by Mia Shelton Exotic birds, tropical plants and mesmerizing view are, all things can be experienced in the Bird Aviary at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina. When you step into the aviary, you will be greeted with humid air, mysterious bird calls and friendly staff. You will see all sorts […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Geostorm’ is a disastrous disaster of a disaster movie

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Geostorm’ is a disastrous disaster of a disaster movie

Disaster films are a dime a dozen in Hollywood. All of them hold the power to be haunting portrayals of life gone wrong in the most epic way, but most of them just fall square on their face. Disaster films took off in the 1970s, with films like “The Poseidon Adventure,” “The Towering Inferno” and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Snowman’ has far too much potential for it to be this disappointing

| October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Snowman’ has far too much potential for it to be this disappointing

Dark adult literature has taken a pretty firm hold in mainstream culture in the past few years. When the Swedish films of the “Millennium” trilogy, including “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” hit American theaters, the interest in dark mystery novels skyrocketed, giving way for authors like Gillian Flynn and Jo Nesbø to flourish from […]

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