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: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is yet another bombastic slog

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ is yet another bombastic slog

The “Transformers” movies were never critical darlings, with only the first film reaching a peak of 57% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’ll be the first to admit that I was never really a fan of these movies. The first one was enjoyable trash, but trash nonetheless. Meanwhile, the forthcoming sequels proved to be less than enjoyable […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Book of Henry’ is a bafflingly ridiculous tearjerker

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Book of Henry’ is a bafflingly ridiculous tearjerker

If New Hollywood is about anything, it’s about indie directors being handed the keys to massive franchises. From Gareth Edwards helming the “Godzilla” reboot (and “Rogue One”) right after his indie “Monsters,” to Jordan Vogt-Roberts helming “Kong: Skull Island” after moderate success with “The Kings of Summer,” or Jon Watts directing the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘All Eyez on Me’ is an admirable, but severely misguided biopic

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘All Eyez on Me’ is an admirable, but severely misguided biopic

Back in 2015, audiences were treated to the biopic that was “Straight Outta Compton,” a film that felt epic in scope and intimate in focus that felt like a cohesive look at both the entirety of N.W.A., as well as its individual members. Surprisingly, it’s taken until now for a film to come along to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rough Night’ is the funniest film of 2017 so far

| June 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rough Night’ is the funniest film of 2017 so far

The concept of legitimate female-driven comedies haven’t really come to full fruition until the last couple of years. Before then, most female “comedies” were cheesy rom-coms that paired women against each other for a man or something even stupider, but the world changed with the release of “Bridesmaids.” While “Bridesmaids” was far from the first […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ’47 Meters Down’ is an unflattering addition to the shark attack sub-genre

| June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ’47 Meters Down’ is an unflattering addition to the shark attack sub-genre

Last year, audiences were treated to a rarity in Hollywood: a good shark movie with “The Shallows.” While I initially gave the film a 3/5 in my review, subsequent viewings of the film have been very kind to the Blake Lively thriller, which would probably leave the film at a strong 4/5 looking back on […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘My Cousin Rachel’ is a dull family visit

| June 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘My Cousin Rachel’ is a dull family visit

It takes a lot for me to buy a book, not because I don’t read, but because as a college student who has to juggle groceries and furniture payments and gas and general life upkeep, it’s rare that I feel comfortable laying down the money on a book, but I did that with “My Cousin […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘It Comes at Night’ is a dread-filled, slow burn descent into maddening paranoia

| June 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘It Comes at Night’ is a dread-filled, slow burn descent into maddening paranoia

The scariest things in life are the things that are real. Sure, things like vampires and werewolves and zombies are all scary, but it’s nothing compared to the actual things that roam this Earth. I mean, have you seen some of the sea creatures that live near the ocean floor? It’s horrifying. Still, history loves […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Mummy’ is the cinematic equivalent of a state fair haunted house ride

| June 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Mummy’ is the cinematic equivalent of a state fair haunted house ride

When it comes to reboots, the time between them is becoming smaller and smaller with studios grasping at the idea of a second chance series when one goes south. With the most recent film in the original “Mummy” series hitting theaters nine years ago, it’s far from the most egregious reboot there is (I’m looking […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wonder Woman’ is an Amazon prime

| May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wonder Woman’ is an Amazon prime

There seems to be this myth in the film community that you must choose a definite side in the “Marvel vs. DC” feud that was created from fans. In the past, it was a bit harder to clock who was doing better work, with Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy truly standing head and shoulders above […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Baywatch’ sinks to the ocean floor under its own weight

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Baywatch’ sinks to the ocean floor under its own weight

I’ve never watched the original “Baywatch” when it was on television, but I do clearly remember it topping TV Guide’s “50 Worst Television Shows Ever” list from when I was a child, and knowing that makes it hard to kick. Even when this reboot was announced, I still couldn’t seem to drop the fact that […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ provides charming formula, nothing more

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ provides charming formula, nothing more

There’s a certain dated quality that comes in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise now, as it just seems to be a little outside of its peak timeframe now, feeling a bit more like a reboot than that of a sequel, but alas, in the age of reboots, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Alien: Covenant’ is an exceedingly comfortable, if polarizing middle ground franchise binder

| May 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Alien: Covenant’ is an exceedingly comfortable, if polarizing middle ground franchise binder

“Alien: Covenant” has been getting me through my life as of late. Recently, with the unexpected passing of my grandfather, who acted as a father-figure in my life, I’ve been working toward the payoff of seeing “Alien: Covenant” following my exams. I didn’t care whether it was good or bad, I just needed the release […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ never meshes into anything worth noting

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ never meshes into anything worth noting

If you were to listen to common complaints of many medieval-era films, you would come to believe that the “Lord of The Rings” series was the first and only movie to ever do it right, given how much people love to compare every movie with a sword to the Peter Jackson trilogy. In fact, it’s been […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Snatched’ is a sad stab at comedy

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Snatched’ is a sad stab at comedy

I can’t say I particularly like Amy Schumer. Sure, I liked “Trainwreck” and find a few of her skits on her television show funny, but I’ve never fully gotten on the Amy Schumer train for more than about a week in 2014. That being said, I don’t actively despise her like many people do. While […]

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