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About Nick Spake:

At the age of fifteen, I launched, a website dedicated to the art of film. Since then, I have worked as a published film critic for Arizona State Press, Ahwatukee Foothills News, Film Festival Today, Arizona Filmmaker Magazine, and East Valley Tribune. Entertainment writing has also given me the opportunity to interview several big name celebrities, including Emma Stone, Chris Evans, J.J. Abrams, Emma Roberts, and various others. My life hit a roadblock in 2013 when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, but I refused to let having cancer prevent me from writing film reviews and finishing college with a 4.0 GPA. In May 2013, I graduated from Arizona State University, achieving a BA in Theatre and a minor in communications. Teaching me just how precious life is, my disease further influenced me to reach out to others through my writing. Today, I'm happy to say that I am currently cancer free. As of September 2014, I have worked as a freelancer writer for, which recently surpassed 6 million subscribers on YouTube. This video content site has acted as a creative outlet for me to write top ten lists about movies, television, video games, and pretty much everything else. Out of the hundred scripts I've contributed to them so far, I'm primarily proud of the Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time, Another Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials, and Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014. In 2015, I joined the Flickreel family as a staff writer. I'm overjoyed to be on the team and can't wait to bring you all more movie reviews.

Rating Scale

5 Stars= It's Simply the Best

4 Stars= Totally Rocks

3 Stars= Rad

2 Stars= Bad

1 Star= Terrible 

Zero= Totally Sucks

Recent Reviews

Just Reviewed Ted 2 and Max-June 26th

Just Reviewed Inside Out, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Dope-June 19th

Just Reviewed Jurassic Wolrd-June 12th

Just Reviewed Spy-June 5th

Ted 2

The thunder buddies strike twice ***1/2

“Ted 2” is one of those sequels that only got produced because the first one made a lot of money. Unlike the slew of other lackluster comedy sequels that disappoint, though, this one is a pleasant surprise. It’s not as fresh or funny as the 2012 hit, but it does continue to explore the humor, whimsy, and even the drama of being a living teddy bear amongst humans.

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A generic boy and his generic dog **1/2

If there’s even a little bit of a cynic in you, then prepare to be at war with yourself watching “Max.” On one hand, this is a heartfelt, innocent family film with solid life lessons. On the other hand, it’s so cliché, corny, and manipulative. If you’ve ever seen a movie about a boy and his dog before then you’ve seen “Max.”

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Inside Out

Best therapy session ever! *****

After hitting Bull’s-eye after Bull’s-eye for almost a decade and a half, there’s been something off about the past couple Pixar movies. “Brave” was descent, but not extraordinary, “Monsters University” was fun, but not really necessary, and “Cars 2”…well, the less said, the better. “Inside Out” is that its not only Pixar’s best film since “Toy Story 3,” but one of their funniest, saddest, and most imaginative to date.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Good times with cancer ****1/2

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” explores the darkest reaches of Cancer and the moments of humor that make the experience a little less unbearable. Like “50/50” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” it’s a beautiful film for any young person that’s been affected by the disease in some way. What’s more, it’s a film for anybody that adores cinema. 

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Nerds n the Hood ****

“Dope” is probably the most loving tribute to the 90’s that’s actually set in contemporary America. In many respects, it doesn’t matter what era “Dope” is set in since its themes of race, social class, and self-discovery are multigenerational.

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Jurassic World

I've decided to endorse your park ****1/2

A forth “Jurassic Park” movie has been in production hell for so long that eventually interest faded. Actually, after “The Lost World” and “Jurassic Park III,” most people likely didn’t have much interest to start with. When the trailer for “Jurassic World” hit, though, they started to sing a different tune. Not only did it look like this could be a worthy successor to “Jurassic Park,” but the most tremendous movie in the entire franchise. “Jurassic World” lives up to its mind-blowing trailer, not to mention its title.

Back in 1993, blockbusters didn’t get any bigger than “Jurassic Park.” While Steven Spielberg’s glorious creature feature is still probably the best in the series, “Jurassic World” manages to make its setting feel grander than ever imaginable. From the second we enter the park gates with John Williams’ iconic theme booming, the audience is overcome with a chilling sense of nostalgia and enormity. Especially on the IMAX screen, the dinosaurs harbor a vast presence that ranges from awe-inspiring to frightening.

Chris Pratt broke out as an unlikely action hero last year in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He continues to shine here with the perfect balance of everyman, wise guy, and badass as Owen, a Jurassic World employ who’s succeeded in training a pack of raptors. When a genetically engineered dinosaur called Indominus rex breaks loose, Owen is the ideal candidate to round the beast up. Accompanying Owen is the park’s workaholic operations manager, Claire, who is simultaneously stuck up and lovable thanks to Bryce Dallas Howard’s performance. When her nephews (Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson) are put in danger, she goes from tightly wound businesswoman to maternal survivalist.

“Jurassic World” revisits many of the original picture’s themes, such as scientists playing god and parenting. At the same time, the film explores numerous new intriguing themes, like animal instinct and the bond people can develop with beasts. There’s also plenty of modern technology integrated into the plot, although it is odd that dinosaur cloning existed before smart phones in this universe. Director Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly of “Safety Not Guaranteed” along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver of the exceptional “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” penned the screenplay. They give us everything one would want from a “Jurassic Park” sequel over twenty years in the making with great moments of depth, wonder, clever callbacks, and subtle humor.

Of course what people want above all else all from “Jurassic World” is dinosaurs. It totally delivers in that department through incredible buildup and payoff. The filmmakers go beyond simply having the characters run away from these prehistoric monsters. They think of a ton of inventive scenarios involving Gryospheres, aerial pterodactyl assaults, and a final showdown that’ll have you applauding. Every time you think “Jurassic World” has topped itself with one set piece, it’s awesomeness keeps accumulating until the film plays its trump card.

Some blatant product placement and a cliché villain played by Vincent D'Onofrio aside, this is stellar summer entertainment from start to finish. Lately, we’ve been getting countless remakes, reboots, and belated sequels. “Jurassic World,” as well as “Mad Max: Fury Road,” is a textbook example of how to revive a franchise, paying homage to predecessors while also being fresh. The park has been officially reopened and chances are you’ll want to go for a second ride immediately after.


I spy with my little eye, something fat ****

A satire of spy movies is nothing new. Between the “Naked Gun” and “Austin Powers” movies, you’d think that the concept would be officially exhausted by now. If Director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy taught us anything with “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat,” though, it’s that you should never judge a movie by its poster. “Spy” is yet another pleasant surprise that injects new life into a familiar premise with a compelling leading lady, a winning supporting cast, and one great one-liner after another.

McCarthy plays Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst who spends her days in a rat/bat-infested basement. Although she’s never been in the field of action, she acts as the eyes and ears for a dashing, debonair spy named Bradley Fine (Jude Law). While Susan guides Fine on a mission to locate a nuclear device, it’s discovered that a group of terrorists have the names of all the CIA’s top agents. With everyone else’s cover blown, Susan decides to step up to the plate and stop the bomb herself.

Whether in a mediocre comedy such as “Identity Thief” or a hilarious comedy such as this, there’s no denying that McCarthy has an unmatched gift for bringing down the house. McCarthy’s role here is perfectly tailored to her ability to be husky and crude while also being athletic and witty. Every second that goes by in “Spy” she’s trying to make us laugh and almost every time she kills it. McCarthy aside, the film also comes equipped with a dozen other players worthy of their own spinoff.

Helping our heroine are Miranda Hart as Susan’s colleague/best friend, Allison Janney as her sardonic boss, and Peter Serafinowicz as a slimy Italian contact with a slippery tongue. Rose Byrne previously established in “Bridesmaids” that she has a knack for playing characters that are lovable despite being mean-spirited. She brings that special charm to the role of Rayna Boyanov, a femme fatale looking to sell the nuke and eventually becomes a frenemy of sorts to the undercover Susan. A buddy comedy about Susan and Rayna would blow away “Hot Pursuit” any day.  

Stealing the show is Jason Statham, who’s been in virtually every action picture of the past decade and a half. He has a ton of fun playing with his tough guy persona as a rogue spy so shamelessly hardcore that he’d make El Macho from “Despicable Me 2” raise an eyebrow. There isn’t a killjoy in the entire ensemble. Even the characters that are mostly played straight, such as Bobby Cannavale as a devious businessman, manage to get a couple good laughs.

Feig fires on all cylinders as a writer and director with inspired dialog and zany action sequences. What’s more, he avoids many of the excruciating tropes you’d expect from a movie like this. You keep waiting for a scene where Susan’s boss tells her to hand over her badge and gun or something, but Feig is too smart to rehash a cliché like that. Along with “Pitcher Perfect 2,” “Spy” demonstrates that female-centric comedies are mostly hitting it out of the park nowadays where male-centric comedies like “Entourage” fumble. This should only get us more excited for Feig’s “Ghostbusters” picture, which will star the likes of Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and of course McCarthy.