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About Daniel Silva

Dan is a Software Engineer by day and a part-time Film Reviewer by night. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona and has been writing for The Cinema Files since its inception. His favorite directors are Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, Joss Whedon, and Gavin O'Connor.

Review: “Power Rangers”

It really is kind of remarkable that three weeks in a row in the spring of 2017 the main wide theatrical releases are all remakes/reboots of things that were originally created during my childhood.  Last week was Beauty and the Beast (which I didn't care for), next week is Ghost in the Shell, and of course this week [...]

By |March 23rd, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Oscar Predictions

Tomorrow night the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will have their yearly awards presentation, also know as The Oscars or The Academy Awards. As the resident Awards geek here at The Cinema Files, it is my responsibility to share my predictions. Please keep in mind that these are my predictions and don't represent [...]

By |February 25th, 2017|News & Articles|0 Comments

Oscar predictions by physical characteristics and other metrics

MrGamez have used the last 20 years of Oscar winners to build profiles of the ideal candidates in each category. With all eyes on the Oscars, everyone wants to know who’s going to win – and everyone has a few guesses. But for those who prefer a more scientific approach, MrGamez have an interesting infographic that [...]

By |February 24th, 2017|News & Articles|0 Comments

Review: The Lego Batman Movie

I have always felt that 2014's The Lego Movie was a bit revolutionary.  It combined several different franchises that Warner Bros owns in LEGO form while having an endlessly clever and endlessly funny story.  It was one of the first films that took what was certain to be nothing but a big commercial for LEGO [...]

By |February 4th, 2017|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

This Year’s Oscar Nominations are AMAZING (Full List)

As the resident Oscar/Awards geek, I had the task of watching the livestream of the announcement of this year's Oscar nominations live (they started at 6:18 AM local Arizona time).  I gasped a few times because of some significant snubs and some HUGE surprises, which are detailed below. The oddest inclusion was without a doubt Suicide [...]

By |January 24th, 2017|News & Articles|0 Comments

Lucasfilm just revealed the title for Episode VIII….

It's been over a year since we got the first Star Wars movie under the new Disney-owned Lucasfilm.  The Force Awakens broke almost every box office record imaginable (it beat Avatar in every category except international gross) and it was met with critic and fan approval.  Now, having their first spin-off in the books (Rogue One), it's [...]

By |January 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Review: “Monster Trucks”

Last year when the trailer was released for Monster Trucks, I was kind of blown away.  Not because it was a great trailer, but because the concept was so bizarre and that they seemed to be earnest about the concept.  I had a lot of questions, like "how was this film greenlit?" and "how can this movie [...]

By |January 12th, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: “A Monster Calls”

A Monster Calls is a film that asks the question: how do we deal with the conflicting emotions that we experience when we're grieving?  This inspiring and heartbreaking tale comes across as dark, and in some ways it is.  However, it is ultimately very cathartic and teaches a refreshing lesson in self-honesty. Here's the synopsis: 12-year-old Conor, [...]

By |January 5th, 2017|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Review: “Sing”

Illumination Animation Studios have been on a box office roll.  Whether the Minions franchise or their newest Secret Life of Pets, they are really raking in the money.  With their latest, Sing, Illumination tries to take the concept of American Idol and The Voice with a twist: they are singing animals.  Here's the synopsis: Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over [...]

By |December 19th, 2016|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

“Dunkirk” Trailer: Check Out the Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Next Film

Dunkirk, which Nolan is directing from his own original screenplay, has cast a crop of newcomers who include Fionn Whitehead (ITV‘s Him), Jack Lowden (’71), Aneurin Barnard (Citadel), and One Direction singer/songwriter Harry Styles. Recent Academy Award winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie), Cillian Murphy (Inception), James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas) and Tom Hardy (The Revenant) will be the [...]

By |December 14th, 2016|Trailers|0 Comments