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: ‘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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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Only the Brave’ is a beautifully crafted story of true American heroism

| October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Only the Brave’ is a beautifully crafted story of true American heroism

Want your film to vie for an Oscar? There are a few steps one can take, but you could probably wittle it down to three steps: 1. Release it between September and December, 2. Show it in advance at one of the many major film festivals around the world during this time, 3. Make it […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ is a liberatingly sexy biopic

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Professor Marston and the Wonder Women’ is a liberatingly sexy biopic

“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” could not have come out at a more opportune time. Four months after the smash hit that was “Wonder Woman” and just a few weeks after its home media release, this is the perfect time to pull out the origin story of the origin story. One might not know […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Happy Death Day’ is an über-fun horror romp

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Happy Death Day’ is an über-fun horror romp

When it comes to horror, there seems to be no one more on top of the current game than Blumhouse. Known for providing filmmakers with small budgets in exchange for full creative control, as well as providing most films with distribution through Universal Pictures or their own BH Tilt brand, Jason Blum has been seen […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Victoria & Abdul’ is a perfectly charming, expectedly typical biopic

| October 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Victoria & Abdul’ is a perfectly charming, expectedly typical biopic

Every year, British film studios treat American audiences to a bevy of multiple period pieces that pervade cinemas come Oscar season. Studios like BBC Films, Film4, BFI, Pathé and Working Title all have their stake in this massive market of films, including such Oscar-winners like “The Theory of Everything,” “The Danish Girl,” “The King’s Speech” […]

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The 9th Annual Charlotte Film Festival: A retrospective

| October 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
The 9th Annual Charlotte Film Festival: A retrospective

Each Fall, the Charlotte Film Festival takes place, and for the last three years, I’ve attended the festival for the Niner Times. It’s a slice of cinematic bliss in a sea of corporatized movie theaters and provides for some of the more interesting film experiences I remember come year’s end. Being my senior year, I […]

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CFF MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Better Watch Out’ is a cleverly demented holiday funhouse

| October 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
CFF MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Better Watch Out’ is a cleverly demented holiday funhouse

Even though it’s still early October, I have gone into full Halloween mode already, but apparently Well Go USA is already in Christmas mode in their release of “Better Watch Out,” and for 90 minutes at the Charlotte Film Festival, I had to exchange my pumpkin mask for a Santa mask to truly enjoy myself […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Mountain Between Us’ is a comfortably ridiculous fluff-fest

| October 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Mountain Between Us’ is a comfortably ridiculous fluff-fest

In film, great actors can make or break a film. There’s this belief that just because a movie has great actors in it, it automatically means it will be good. There comes a point when you begin to realize that not to be true and that the bigger the cast, the more suspicious one should […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is an astonishing science-fiction triumph

| October 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is an astonishing science-fiction triumph

When you think of the filmmaking greats still working today, you can bring quite a few names to mind: Stephen Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino and the list goes on, but when it comes to sci-fi, not many people have done as much for the genre as Ridley […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Gerald’s Game’ is an unflinchingly ferocious adrenaline rush of the most elegant kind

| October 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Gerald’s Game’ is an unflinchingly ferocious adrenaline rush of the most elegant kind

Netflix has done its hardest to win me over and finally, I can say it: they have. I still have issues with their marketing strategy, but their content is becoming too top-notch to ignore. Mike Flanagan, director of other masterful films such as “Oculus,” “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” “Hush” and the still unreleased (at least […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Flatliners’ has a sufficient pulse

| September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Flatliners’ has a sufficient pulse

I wholeheartedly believe that the 1990 “Flatliners” is not a horror film. Sure, it has supernatural elements and it’s quite thrilling at times, but nothing really meshes together in the genre department that can really label “Flatliners” as a horror film. The original, with an all-star cast including Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, William […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘American Made’ is a refreshingly entertaining surprise

| September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘American Made’ is a refreshingly entertaining surprise

Despite all his concerning eccentricities, from a purely entertainment-based standpoint, I truly believe that Tom Cruise is my favorite working actor. His films are consistently entertaining, he has an undeniably unique on-screen presence, he works hard in achieving the best results for his films and he has a real range in being able to distinguish […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Woodshock’ is a beautifully challenging work of cinematic art

| September 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Woodshock’ is a beautifully challenging work of cinematic art

The world of mainstream cinema has just gotten its first real taste of experimental cinema on the wide-release scale for the first time in a long time with “mother!,” a studio-produced, A-list, wide-released psychological horror film that has garnered polarizing critical response and an overwhelmingly negative audience response due to its dense, esoteric, experimental nature. […]

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