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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, 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, 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

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Hey there, Mr. Blue ****1/2

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is a rare sequel that doesn’t run out of gas. The film lacks the fresh factor of its predecessor and doesn’t necessarily evolve the franchise to a whole new level like "Captain America: Civil War" did. As with any quality sequel, however, it continues to up the action, the humor, and the drama.

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Alien: Covenant

Alien: Evolution ****

Director Ridley Scott returns to the franchise’s roots, once again injecting an element of horror into the equation. Like its 1979 predecessor, "Alien: Covenant" is essentially a haunted house movie in space with plenty of screams to go around. While not anything revolutionary, this is a suspenseful thriller that works on a psychological level and on a gut-busting gore level.

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Everything, Everything

Could've been so much more **

"Everything, Everything" is evidence that an ending can ruin a movie. As far as young adult love stories go, much of the film is solid. The leads are charming, the direction is inventive, and a few genuine moments stick out. Everything gets thrown out the window in the last fifteen minutes, however.

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Should've pulled harder... **

This is one of those movies that wants to paint a familiar face in a darker, more sophisticated light, but ultimately comes off as stale, lame, and everything but kingly.

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Take what you can snatch ***

With a cast and crew like this, you might go into "Snatched" expecting a modern classic. The film certainly has its hilarious moments and we occasionally see glimpses of a comedy that could reach the same heights as something along the lines of "Tropic Thunder." Other times, it feels like the filmmakers could have taken the jokes an extra step further.

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The Promise

Promising, but does it deliver? ***

Much like Martin Scorsese’s "Gangs of New York," "The Promise" works as a period epic and falls short as a love story. Nevertheless, there’s still a lot to enjoy, even if the film doesn’t fully live up to its promise.

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The Fate of the Furious

Shouldn't it be "The Eight of the Furious?" Kind of a missed opportunity... oh well, it still kicks ass! ****

The eighth entry in this never-ending series keeps the momentum going, delivering exactly what audiences want to see.

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Their Finest

Not to be confused with "The Finest Hours," which is not to be confused with "13 Hours" ***1/2

Even if much of the story is fabricated, it’ll leave many audiences wanting to learn more about the Dunkirk evacuation. Speaking of which, we still have Christopher Nolan’s war epic to look forward to later this year. Until then, though, "Their Finest" will do just fine.

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The Boss Baby

Who's the Boss?: Baby Edition ***

"The Boss Baby" has a pretty basic premise that  shouldn’t even be able to fill a feature-length runtime. As thin as the idea is, though, the filmmakers throw in more effort than you might expect.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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