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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

Kubo and the Two Strings

Two strings up ****1/2

In many respects, "Kubo" feels like "The Legend of Zelda" movie we’ve always wanted to see, especially calling "The Wind Waker" and "Ocarina of Time" to mind.

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Sausage Party

Eating out ***1/2

A couple years ago, Columbia Pictures distributed "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," an animated feature about sentient food creatures. Now Columbia brings us "Sausage Party," which is kind of like the latter film on bath salts.

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Hell or High Water

No Country For Old Men... but less disturbing ****

"Hell or High Water" is one of the most absorbing games of cat and mouse you’ll ever see on the silver screen. This is largely because the cats and mice in question are all empathetic characters. There really aren’t any good guys or bad guys here.

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Suicide Squad

A second life or DOA? ***1/2

"Suicide Squad" pretty much gives audiences what they’ve been wanting from the DCEU: humor, colors, clever banter, and even a heart. With that said, the movie isn’t without some of the same problems we’ve come to expect from this franchise: jumbled pacing and one too many characters.

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Don't Think Twice

Don't think twice about seeing this one. Just go see it! ****

Mike Birbiglia’s "Don’t Think Twice" feels like the first film to truly address the hardships of being a comedian. It’s uncomfortable, challenging, and even tragic, but also full of passion, good cheer, and of course humor.

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Bad Moms

These moms aren't bad enough **1/2

Despite having a capable cast, an intriguing setup, and even a sincere moral, the film ultimately feels like a half-assed Mother’s Day present. Although to be fair, it is better than that other recent movie about moms.

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Batman: The Killing Joke

The One Where Batman and Batgirl... You Know ***1/2

If fans can get past the first thirty minutes, they’re going to get The Killing Joke movie they’ve always wanted.

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Star Trek Beyond

"Star Trek" + "Fast & Furious" director = match made in heaven? ****

This third installment of the rebooted "Star Trek" franchise is perhaps the most action-packed entry, which might upset the purists. If you’re a mainstream moviegoer looking for a fun time, though, "Star Trek Beyond" delivers the goods and then some.

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Take THAT Internet! ***1/2

Is it as good as the original? No. Was this a reboot that had to exist? No. Does this outing feel like a real "Ghostbusters" movie, however? Yes, yes it does.

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The Infiltrator

Breaking pretty good ***1/2

"The Infiltrator" is kind of like "Breaking Bad" meets "Narcos," with elements of "The Americans" and "Homeland" too.

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The Secret Life of Pets

Mass hysteria! Dogs and cats living together! ***1/2

For the most part,  Illumination executes this clever premise with plenty  of laughs and charm, even if the film doesn’t break  new ground for animation.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

And I wasn't even cordially invited ****

"Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" offers two invaluable comedic duos for the price of one.

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The Big F$*#ing Giant ****

Since Spielberg, Dahl, and Disney seem like such a natural fit, it’s surprising that all three of them haven’t come together already. "The BFG" delivers pretty much what one would expect from this trio of creative juggernauts, though.

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The Legend of Tarzan

God among ape ***

The film pretty much delivers exactly what you’d expect from a Tarzan movie, but kind of leaves you wanting more. It’s not the greatest depiction of the character, but it’s not the worst either.

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Finding Dory

Hooked on Dory ****

Like "Finding Nemo," this is another touching,  funny, and meaningful adventure full of delightful  characters. While "Finding Dory" doesn’t surpass the  original 2003 masterpiece, it was worth waiting 13 years for this follow-up.

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