Hunter Heilman

Hunter Heilman

Hunter is the current editor-in-chief for The Niner Times. He is a junior 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. 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: ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ is loads better than it has any right to be

| March 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ is loads better than it has any right to be

I’ll be honest, I’ve never watched an episode of “Power Rangers” in my life, to which some people respond to with an almost shocking sense of disbelief. As a child, I gravitated towards more comedic properties like Disney sitcoms and Nickelodeon animated shows, but never really ever felt like getting into anything particularly action related. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Life’ is an artful, effective rip-off

| March 22, 2017 | 1 Comment
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Life’ is an artful, effective rip-off

Space movies are quite the hot commodity nowadays, with nearly every studio dipping their foot into the sub-genre with varying degrees of success. To this day, “Gravity” has yet to be topped when it comes to sheer ferocity of a space film, while “Interstellar” was easily the most ambitious, while “The Martian” found fun in […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Belko Experiment’ is gruesomely dull

| March 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Belko Experiment’ is gruesomely dull

I’ve probably told this story before, but there was a time that I hated the “Hunger Games” series. In high school, I had quite a predilection for the 2000 Kenji Fukusaku Japanese epic “Battle Royale,” which shares quite a few similarities between each other. Both films (and their literary predecessors) revolve around an oppressive national […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Personal Shopper’ is a mostly successful twist on the classic ghost story

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Personal Shopper’ is a mostly successful twist on the classic ghost story

It was a bit of an internet meme for a while, remember? Remember when hating on Kristen Stewart was cool? How everyone hated her simply for playing a bad character in a series that just happened to have blown up? Remember how cruel we were? If anything, this re-emergence of Kristen Stewart as a bona […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is an exciting look into the Legendary Monsterverse

| March 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is an exciting look into the Legendary Monsterverse

I remember when Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” hit theaters in 2005, even though I was too afraid to buckle down and actually see it, on account that the islanders depicted in the film scared the crap out of me. Still, even when I did see it, Jackson’s three-hour epic was a sight to behold, with […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a gorgeous retelling of tale as old as time…

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a gorgeous retelling of tale as old as time…

When it comes to animated films, “Beauty and the Beast” falls at the no. 3 position for my all time favorite animated films, with “Mulan” coming in at no. 2 and Studio Ghibli’s “Nausicäa of the Valley of the Wind” as the reigning ruler of all animated films. “Beauty and the Beast” means quite a […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Table 19’ is a fluffy, pleasant experience all around

| March 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Table 19’ is a fluffy, pleasant experience all around

In my life, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to avoid weddings for the most part. I’ve only been to two in my entire life and I didn’t really know either one of the people I was attending for, rather just being strung along by my parents for the sake of saving money on […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Before I Fall’ is the pinnacle of the modern teen movie

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Before I Fall’ is the pinnacle of the modern teen movie

The teen movie is making a bit of a comeback, at least in terms of quality. Last year, we were treated to the surprise that was “The Edge of Seventeen,” a charming and quite realistic look at what it means to be a teen in 2016. Not only was the film well-received by critics, but […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rock Dog’ is a cute, yet shameless rip-off of so many better films

| February 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rock Dog’ is a cute, yet shameless rip-off of so many better films

Animated films are from a niche market these days, with nearly every studio in deals with various animation houses to put out a barrage of family-friendly films for both children and adults. Additionally, animated films are goldmines, with movies like “Frozen,” “Minions,” “Toy Story 3,” “Finding Dory” and “Zootopia” all grossing over $1 billion at the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Red Turtle’ is a devastatingly beautiful animated film

| February 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Red Turtle’ is a devastatingly beautiful animated film

I bet you didn’t know there was another Studio Ghibli film hitting Charlotte-area theaters soon, did you? I sure didn’t. When reports of “The Red Turtle” surfaced from film festivals, it felt distinctly like another GKIDS-released obscure animated films audiences would ignore once again, but to my surprise, it’s a Sony Pictures Classics release that […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Get Out’ is a true 21st century horror film

| February 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Get Out’ is a true 21st century horror film

Social commentary isn’t a foreign concept for horror films, as many of the greatest horror films ever made were made in response to the times they were made in. Surprisingly, for as pervasive of a topic that racism is, there was not a high-profile horror film for the topic before “Get Out.” Perhaps studios were […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Great Wall’ is all spectacle, some satisfaction

| February 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Great Wall’ is all spectacle, some satisfaction

Controversy is something that is becoming more and more normalized in today’s society and we tend to forget about a scandal right when another one comes along. Whether these scandals be political, social, etc., we’re exposed in a way unlike ever before. Right when the trailer for “The Great Wall” dropped, Universal Pictures found themselves […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Toni Erdmann’ is a solid, if unspectacular foreign comedy

| February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Toni Erdmann’ is a solid, if unspectacular foreign comedy

My two favorite foreign language films of 2016 were “The Handmaiden” and “Elle.” Both of these films were revenge thrillers with twists and turns out the wazoo. Strangely, despite both of their critical successes, neither of them even qualified to be nominated for the coveted “Best Foreign Language Film” award at the Academy Awards. “Elle” […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Logan’ is one of the finest superhero films to date

| February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Logan’ is one of the finest superhero films to date

At this point, it can be argued that everything that the light touches is Marvel Studios’s kingdom, and any other company seeking to emulate their success with superhero films will just have to take a number, this includes Fox’s collaboration with Marvel that is completely separate from Marvel Studios. While there have been some wonderful […]

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Getting physical with the cast of ‘Fist Fight’

| February 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
Getting physical with the cast of ‘Fist Fight’

With “Fist Fight” hitting theaters on Feb. 17, the Niner Times got to sit down with three of the stars of the film, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan and Jillian Bell to talk about the work behind the film and some insight into their own careers coming into the film. All three of you are artists […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Cure for Wellness’ will leave audiences feeling sickly

| February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Cure for Wellness’ will leave audiences feeling sickly

Entering 2017, there were a few films I was looking forward to as a film fan. In January, I was excited for the return of two guilty pleasure films of mine in “Underworld: Blood Wars” and “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” as well as the return of M. Night Shyamalan’s dignity in “Split.” But February holds something special: […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ is a glorious blast from the past, present and future

| February 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ is a glorious blast from the past, present and future

“John Wick” was one of the first movies I ever reviewed for the Niner Times as a freshman and I remember the night I saw it to this day. It was at Northlake’s IMAX (still a favorite of mine, especially now that I live near there), a Thursday for its 7 p.m. premiere showing that […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Julieta’ is Almodóvar at his most restrained

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Julieta’ is Almodóvar at his most restrained

One of the most underrated filmmakers to have hit the scene in the past 30 years is hands down Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish auteur responsible for a countless number of foreign classics such as “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Talk to Her,” “Bad Education,” “Volver,” “The Skin I Live In” and many, […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ continues what the original started to a T

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ continues what the original started to a T

I didn’t hate “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Let’s fight about it. I was in the vast minority of critics when I wrote my initial review for “Fifty Shades of Grey” in that I really found myself enjoying the film in a really masochistic way. The screenplay was awful, as was a good amount of the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ sets the bar early for animated films in 2017

| February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ sets the bar early for animated films in 2017

In 2014, critics and audiences alike were shell-shocked at the level of charm that “The Lego Movie” had. It was a funny, beautifully crafted, surprisingly dark and super clever animated film that used its self-awareness to its glorious advantage. Of course, “The Lego Movie” has its inevitable sequel hitting theaters in 2019, but Warner Animation […]

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