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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: 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

Review: “Collateral Beauty”

What was the last movie that you watched that didn't live up to the trailer?  Unfortunately this is becoming a more frequent occurrence as studios are perfecting the art of creating movie trailers.  In fact, WB is so good at cutting trailers that when the studio executives saw an early cut of Suicide Squad, they panicked [...]

By |December 13th, 2016|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

The new “War for the Planet of the Apes” trailer is beyond epic. Watch it here!

It's no secret that I consider Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to be a cinematic masterpiece, blockbuster filmmaking at its finest.  This trailer for the sequel has me so excited for this third installment. In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are [...]

By |December 9th, 2016|Trailers|0 Comments

The New “Baywatch” Trailer is Actually Pretty Great and You Should Watch it

Are you in the mood for another movie about a nostalgia property that is completely reworked to be funny and a social satire/commentary on its original source?  Well you are in luck because the new trailer for Baywatch has been released! NOTE: This film is going to be R-rated, and the trailer reflects that. Baywatch reteams Dwayne Johnson with [...]

By |December 8th, 2016|Trailers|0 Comments