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Featuring Nick's film reviews, Flickreel is an online movie magazine specializing in video-based articles. It covers all the latest film news, reviews, previews and trailers, alongside features which take a deeper look into the world of film.

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About Nick Spake

At the age of fifteen, I launched NickPicksFlicks.com, 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, Nerd Repository, 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 WatchMojo.com, 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 a critic and columnist. 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 Blog Entries

Ghost in the Shell

Shell Runner ***1/2

"Ghost in the Shell" has a fair deal in common with Disney’s live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast." Is it better than the original? No. Did it need to exist? No. Since it does exist, however, there’s ultimately a lot to admire in terms of visuals, performances, and philosophies.

Read more at Flickreel:

https://www.flickreel.com/ghost-in-the-shell-review/

Power Rangers

Let our powers combine ***1/2


If you’re at all interested in seeing a modern interpretation of "Power Rangers," you’ll have a morphin good time.


Read more at Flickreel:


https://www.flickreel.com/power-rangers-review/

Beauty and the Beast

Every day like the day before ***1/2 


"Beauty and the Beast" (1991) became the first animated feature to score a Best Picture nomination and is considered one of Disney’s crowning achievements. So how can this live-action remake ever compete with that? In many respects, it can’t, but that doesn’t stop the filmmakers and performers from giving it their all.


Read more at Story Monsters Ink:


http://www.fivestarpublications.net/storymonsters_dir/pdf/smi-april-2017.pdf

Kong: Skull Island

Damn nature, you scary ***1/2 


The latest incarnation of Kong doesn’t have the emotional impact of the 1933 classic or Peter Jackson’s breathtaking remake, but that’s clearly not what the studio was aiming for. They set out to produce a traditional giant monster flick and that’s exactly what we get.


Read more at Flickreel: 


https://www.flickreel.com/kong-skull-island-review/

Get Out

Black people always survive horror movies, right? ****

Much like M. Night Shyamalan’s "The Visit," "Get Out" lures you into an uncomfortable state of uncertainty and ultimately delivers a killer punch line. The outcome is a black satire for the ages.

Read more at Flickreel:

https://www.flickreel.com/get-out-review/

Logan

The last stand (for real this time) ****


Last year, "X-Men" fans finally got the Deadpool movie they had been waiting for. Now after multiple failed attempts, 20th Century Fox has finally produced the standalone Wolverine movie audiences have always wanted to see.


Read more at Flickreel: 


https://www.flickreel.com/logan-review/

The Lego Batman Movie

Because I'm Batman! ****1/2

In many respects, "The Lego Batman Movie"  is everything Schumacher’s interpretations should have been. It’s colorful, family-friendly, and literally toyetic, but also funny, clever, and totally awesome.

Read more at Story Monsters Ink:

http://www.fivestarpublications.net/storymonsters_dir/pdf/smi-march-2017.pdf

The Great Wall

Must resist Trump joke... ***

While you could argue whether or not it’s technically a good movie, "The Great Wall" is still an entertaining mess, assuming you’re in the right frame of mind.

Read more at Flickreel:

https://www.flickreel.com/the-great-wall-review/

Fist Fight

Betsy DeVos presents... ***1/2

While his range as an actor might be limited, Ice Cube has proven on multiple occasions that he can be hilarious. At his best, we’ve gotten "Friday," "Barbershop," and the "Jump Street" films. At his worst, however, we’ve gotten "Are We There Yet?" and those "Ride Along" movies. "Fist Fight" isn’t one of his best comedies, but it’s far from one of his worst.

Read more at Flickreel:

https://www.flickreel.com/fist-fight-review/