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: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is a competently crafted, crushingly tepid romance

| January 20, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is a competently crafted, crushingly tepid romance

“Call Me by Your Name” has been on my radar for quite a long time, since its esteemed premiere at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Queer cinema is something that excites me as a gay man, but also concerns me as we must keep the stories we tell in check, as to not sour the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Phantom Thread’ is a sublimely divine twist on romance

| January 20, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Phantom Thread’ is a sublimely divine twist on romance

As I said three years ago (I hate time) in my review for “Inherent Vice,” Paul Thomas Anderson has always been one of those filmmakers whom I recognize an immense amount of talent in, even if I’ve never really been captivated by one of his films in a way that others have. “There Will Be […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I, Tonya’ is a surprisingly endearing story of a million different views

| January 14, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I, Tonya’ is a surprisingly endearing story of a million different views

I know I’m late on this one. Bite me. I learned about Tonya Harding from a relatively early age. My mom watched a lot of the VH1 docu-series “I Love the ’70s” and “I Love the ’80s,” which I often watched with her. I loved picking up on pop culture of a different era, on […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Proud Mary’ is a fine film that falls short of being truly great

| January 13, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Proud Mary’ is a fine film that falls short of being truly great

When the first poster for “Proud Mary” came about, the world had a collective scream to commemorate the film that people have been asking for forever: an action film with a black female lead. It’s hard to find films with black female leads in general, but one in a genre film kicking some serious ass? […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘America’s Next Top Model’ – ‘The Boss is Back’

| January 10, 2018
TV REVIEW: ‘America’s Next Top Model’ – ‘The Boss is Back’

I’m obsessed with the Top Model shows, though you have to pay tribute to the original for real worship. “America’s Next Top Model” premiered on UPN in 2003 and has since spawned 24 seasons since, with creator Tyra Banks hosting and playing lead judge in 23 out of the 24 seasons. The show has inspired […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘The X-Files’ – ‘My Struggle III’

| January 4, 2018
TV REVIEW: ‘The X-Files’ – ‘My Struggle III’

WARNING: Spoilers for “The X-Files” ahead. I’ll be honest, I hated the finale to the last season of “The X-Files,” for what was a decent season overall. My biggest fear after the finale of the mini-series that was season 10 of the iconic show was that we were to leave one of the greatest shows of […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘All the Money in the World’ is a stylishly bold take on toxic capitalism

| December 25, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘All the Money in the World’ is a stylishly bold take on toxic capitalism

It’s almost impossible to talk about “All the Money in the World” without talking about the major scandal surrounding the film’s controversial and bold recasting decision made just one month ago. After the accusations of sexual assault against star Kevin Spacey, who portrayed J. Paul Getty in the film, director Ridley Scott, with only a […]

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The 25 best films of 2017

| December 21, 2017
The 25 best films of 2017

Every year, I work towards one thing: my year end film list. I love celebrating the best that film has to offer in any given year and it’s an exciting retrospective on everything that I love about film. Now, I haven’t seen every film this year, plus there are some films that distributors are releasing […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Greatest Showman’ is dazzlingly empty fun

| December 21, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Greatest Showman’ is dazzlingly empty fun

“The Greatest Showman” couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time, as the famed circus detailed in the film being formed, which later became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, shut its doors in May of this past year after nearly 100 years in business. This makes a good deal of the film […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Shape of Water’ is a stunningly bleak fairytale

| December 14, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Shape of Water’ is a stunningly bleak fairytale

Guillermo del Toro is more than just a filmmaker, but a master of the craft of art all-around. Primarily known as a film director, del Toro has also collaborated on museums, video games, animated films, television shows, visual art, musical compositions, among other things. So when a del Toro film comes about, its a big […]

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Into the depths of ‘The Shape of Water’ with Guillermo del Toro

| December 13, 2017
Into the depths of ‘The Shape of Water’ with Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most respected filmmakers in the entire film industry, but his work on his new film, “The Shape of Water,” has taken him to new heights from critics and filmgoers alike. Set during the Cold War and focusing on a mute janitor in a government facility, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is a wickedly out-of-this-world rollercoaster epic

| December 12, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is a wickedly out-of-this-world rollercoaster epic

There will be NO SPOILERS in this review, but I will discuss some basic plot points. If you, like me, want to go into the film with little to no knowledge of the plot at all, please stop reading here, go see the film immediately and come back. It’s here. After two arduous years of […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Disaster Artist’ is a keenly crafted love letter to trash cinema

| December 7, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Disaster Artist’ is a keenly crafted love letter to trash cinema

I never actually saw “The Room” until this last March. During my Spring Break trip to New York, on a snowy, wet day, my friend decided that it was the perfect time to expose me to the pinnacle of trash cinema. I’m not someone who particularly likes laughing at bad movies, as I like to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Titanic’ in Dolby Cinema spruces up one of the finest films of all time

| December 5, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Titanic’ in Dolby Cinema spruces up one of the finest films of all time

In anticipation of the film’s 20th anniversary on Dec. 19, Paramount Pictures has re-released the 1997 disaster romance epic “Titanic” into Dolby Vision theaters for one week. Remastered in the highest-quality digital format a film can go into, the film represents a great leap in the film’s picture quality, providing audiences with the utmost clarity […]

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