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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: “Justice League”

We all know that there were a lot of mixed feelings regarding Batman V Superman.  My fellow critics in general hated it for its lack of humor and general bleakness.  They seem to love Marvel movies and their generic, interchangeable, and predictable characters and plots without any real stakes.  I obviously differ from them in that [...]

By |November 15th, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Thor Ragnarok”

When I heard that Taika Watiti was directing the new Thor movie, I was understandably excited.  Watiti's previous film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople was among my favorite films of last year (#6 on my list, if you want to get specific).  I describe that film as Napoleon Dynamite but from New Zealand instead of Southeast Idaho. Marvel has a track [...]

By |November 1st, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

7 Things I Loved About “The Lego Ninjago Movie” (and 2 I didn’t)

We have yet again found ourselves in the fortunate situation of having another Lego movie being released in theaters this weekend. I've said this before and I'm certain I'll say it again, but every time I hear about one of these movies I assume they are going to basically be 2 hour long commercials.  And [...]

By |September 20th, 2017|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Review: “Despicable Me 3”

It's been quite a ride with the Despicable Me films. It has turned into a billion dollar franchise that just doesn't know how to fail at the box office, despite the varying quality of the filmmaking. I personally liked the first one with its clever premise and great voice acting. The second was just OK, [...]

By |June 30th, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Kid Review: “Captain Underpants the First Epic Movie”

I'm not gonna lie. I didn't care for Captain Underpants: the First Epic Movie. It had some very clever things, but the movie is pure potty humor from start to finish, which is not my proverbial cup of tea. But like many movies, I am not the target audience. So, I decided to take some people [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: “The Circle”

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Benjamin Franklin It's almost cliche at this point to use the above quote, but it encapsulates the theme of Emma Watson's latest film, The Circle.  The film is directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) and is based on [...]

By |May 1st, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract”

It's really hard for me to believe, but there are now a staggering 28 DC Animated Feature Films.  I remember in 2006 when the first one came out, Superman Doomsday, which was an adaptation the Death and Return of Superman story arc from back in the 90's.  Yet I could never have dreamed that they would find [...]

By |April 21st, 2017|Movie Reviews|2 Comments

Watch: Apparently Optimus Prime is evil in the new Transformers trailer

A new trailer for new the Transformers film has been released by Paramount and Dreamworks this morning.  Please let us know what you think of it.   Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth entry in the big screen franchise, shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a [...]

By |April 12th, 2017|Trailers|0 Comments

Watch the new trailer for “Thor Ragnarok”

Without a teaser-tease or even so much as a precursor, Disney has dropped the trailer for the new Thor movie and it's pretty incredible. In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Trailers|0 Comments

Review: “Boss Baby”

The Boss Baby is one of the first Dreamworks co-productions released since Comcast bought them. Oddly, two of the big releases this week are Dreamworks co-productions; Baby is co-produced with Fox and Ghost in the Shell is co-produced with Paramount. I can't speak for Ghost in the Shell because I haven't seen it, but The Boss Baby is a fairly typical Dreamworks b-level animated [...]

By |March 31st, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments