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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.

3 Things I Liked About “Early Man” (And 2 I Didn’t)

There is a very strong chance that you like (or would like) the content released by Aardman Studios, even if you haven't heard that name before.  They are the creators behind the Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep franchises, as well as several other films like Flushed Away and Chicken Run.  They specialize is the dying art form of claymation as [...]

By |February 13th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review “Peter Rabbit”

It seems that 2018 is THE year for live-action/CG-hybrid adaptations of beloved British children's literature featuring anthropomorphic characters, with Paddington 2 being released last month and now Peter Rabbit this weekend. And while I absolutely adored Paddington 2, I just enjoyed Peter Rabbit. Here's the official synopsis from the studio: Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, [...]

By |February 7th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Watch the new FULL “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Trailer (not the Super Bowl one)

You probably saw the teaser of the teaser last night of while watching the Super Bowl, but we were promised the full one would drop this morning, and her it is.  I know I'm probably setting myself up for disaster, however I got pretty pumped after seeing this.  I am hoping for the best, but [...]

By |February 5th, 2018|Trailers|0 Comments

Watch the New “Ant-Man and the Wasp” Trailer!

Ant-Man was a pretty wonderful breath of fresh air in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when it landed back in 2015.  The too-long and too-serious Avengers: Age of Ultron had just been released and it was considered by many to fall short of its predecessor.  Then comes the quirky and inventive Ant-Man, which took so many of the tropes [...]

By |January 30th, 2018|Trailers|0 Comments

6 Reasons “Paddington 2” is Absolutely Brilliant

If you would have told me 2 years ago that the sequel to the perfectly good film, Paddington, would get a perfect score from me, I would have laughed you out of town.  Yet that's exactly what has happened.  I couldn't believe how much I loved it when I walked out the theater. Her are the 6 [...]

By |January 9th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a Slap in the Face to “The Force Awakens” (SPOILERS)

Spoilers Below. If you haven't seen THE LAST JEDI, then you probably shouldn't read this, as it won't make sense. And you should definitely see the movie to judge it for yourself. I sat in the theater as the credits rolled for Star Wars: The Last Jedi wondering what had just happened. I was in shock, but [...]

By |December 16th, 2017|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Watch it While it’s Hot: Here’s the New “Avengers: Infinity War” Trailer

"There was an idea…" Avengers: Infinity War. In theaters May 4 (which is oddly international Star Wars day). I'm a not a big fan of how Thanos looks, but otherwise it's a VERY solid trailer.  The musical theme is being continued, which is fantastic.  Steve Rogers having a beard is awesome too.

By |November 29th, 2017|Trailers|0 Comments

5 Things I Loved About “The Man Who Invented Christmas”

The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the story of how one of the greatest novelists of all time, Charles Dickens,  came to create the quintessential holiday story: "A Christmas Carol."  It is one of my favorite films of the year and here's a list explaining why. 1. It's Refreshingly Inventive. When you watch the trailer of this [...]

By |November 22nd, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

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