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: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is an all-out, no holds barred sci-fi extravaganza

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is an all-out, no holds barred sci-fi extravaganza

When it comes to Luc Besson films, you either are head over heels for them, or you aren’t here for them at all. This has never been more apparent than in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” with many hailing it as a sci-fi classic, and with many calling it the worst film […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Girls Trip’ is a film nearly impossible to dislike

| July 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Girls Trip’ is a film nearly impossible to dislike

Like “Rough Night” a little over a month ago, I love movies about girlfriends, because like it’s supposed to, I love to sit back and pretend what me and my girlfriends would do in the same situations. Luckily for the girls in “Girls Trip,” they don’t have a dead stripper to deal with in their […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dunkirk’ is a minimalist master-class of epic scope

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dunkirk’ is a minimalist master-class of epic scope

I know what you’re thinking: “Oh great, another Nolan fanboy here to tell you how amazing ‘Dunkirk” is…” and to that, you would be right. Granted, I can’t fully call myself a Nolan fanboy, as I’m not really a quote-unquote “fanboy” of anything, but I do have the filmmakers that I typically tend to admire […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wish Upon’ is a wish poorly conceived, easily enjoyed

| July 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wish Upon’ is a wish poorly conceived, easily enjoyed

There’s a tendency in modern horror films today to make the entire film centered around a central object, or symbol. The biggest and most illustrious horror figures are typically known for an iconic look or central object. Jason has his hockey mask, while Freddy Krueger has his legendary metal claw. Even movies that aren’t particularly […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘To the Bone’ is a surprisingly restrained, entirely moving depiction of eating disorders

| July 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘To the Bone’ is a surprisingly restrained, entirely moving depiction of eating disorders

There’s been quite a buzz about “To the Bone” going around the internet recently, and I can’t necessarily blame those upset by it. After Netflix’s haphazard handling of teen suicide in “13 Reasons Why,” which ended up having a teen in South America commit suicide in a copycat fashion, it’s easy to think that Netflix […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Little Hours’ is a film full of hilarious potential with dull results

| July 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Little Hours’ is a film full of hilarious potential with dull results

Attached is the restricted red-band trailer, which contains very explicit language. “The Little Hours” is something that caught my eye a while back from a single image of Aubrey Plaza as a nun yelling angrily into Dave Franco’s ear. This was enough in itself to sell me on the film, as I felt like it […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ fulfills the potential of whatever a spider could

| July 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ fulfills the potential of whatever a spider could

Spider-Man has always been one of the hottest commodities of the superhero world. Starting in 2002, director Sam Raimi created one of the first über-successful superhero films with “Spider-Man” (though “X-Men” is argued as the first film in the superhero renaissance), starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, the film was a truly down-to-earth, yet completely […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is the perfect anti-blockbuster the world needs

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is the perfect anti-blockbuster the world needs

Confession: I didn’t see the new “Planet of the Apes” movies until this year. The worst part? I’ve owned both installments on Blu-ray since 2014, but have never gotten around to actually watching the films until recently. Blown away by the mastery of both films, but more so with its second installment, “Dawn of the […]

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The best films of 2017 so far

| June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
The best films of 2017 so far

At the halfway point of 2017, I want to reflect on the movies that have shaped and inspired me this year. These are the films that shook, impressed, scared, inspired, disgusted, intrigued, elated, broke, confused and captivated me in ways that other films this year have not. While that doesn’t mean that the films that didn’t […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Okja’ is impressive, imperfect and important

| June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Okja’ is impressive, imperfect and important

I have a bit of a bone to pick with Netflix. I can’t say I like how they release their movies too much, especially when it comes to their festival acquisitions. Take for example the film “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,” a Netflix release which was acquired for distribution at the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Beguiled’ is a Southern-charmed fever dream

| June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Beguiled’ is a Southern-charmed fever dream

Sofia Coppola has been a filmmaker that’s been all over the place for many people, in both style and quality. While many people lauded her with praise for “The Virgin Suicides” and “Lost in Translation,” the latter earning her an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but were colder to her tries at “Marie Antoinette” and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Baby Driver’ is a seamlessly constructed action flick of the coolest kind

| June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Baby Driver’ is a seamlessly constructed action flick of the coolest kind

If you think about it, had Edgar Wright stayed on “Ant Man,” this film would cease to exist as we know it today. After Marvel and the English director, known for such films as “Shawn of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End,” as well as an American departure with “Scott Pilgrim vs. The […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Past Life (החטאים)’ is a wonderfully unique look at the effects of a post-war world

| June 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Past Life (החטאים)’ is a wonderfully unique look at the effects of a post-war world

World War II movies are a dime a dozen these days, with many different studios, producers and filmmakers looking to put their stamp on the ever growing catalog of this über-specific sub-genre of film, it can be easy to tire of the genre quite quickly. Even with major filmmakers like Christopher Nolan soon to have […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ is a comfortably uncomfortable look inside new-age conservatism

| June 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ is a comfortably uncomfortable look inside new-age conservatism

Everything is political now. The way each of us eats, sleeps and breathes has become political in some way, shape or form. Whether you find this to be because of “political correctness” from the left or from the effect that a Trump presidency has brought on our society from the right, there’s no doubt that […]

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