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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: “Creed II”

For those keeping score, Creed II is the 8th(!) movie in the Rocky franchise. The franchise itself has been a bit uneven, yet it can't be denied that it is the most beloved and successful sports movie franchise of all time. I'm a huge sucker for sports dramas (the original Rocky and Rudy are among my favorite films of all time) [...]

By |November 20th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

I consider the first Wreck-it Ralph film to be among the finest animated features of the last ten years. It's a masterpiece that transcends its genre and is the best of the Disney aught-renaissance (post-2000). With the exception of a few changes in who wrote the screenplay, almost everyone returned for the sequel, including the directors and [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Quick Review: “The Old Man and the Gun”

Robert Redford is a great actor. His early and mid-career were full of box office hits that made him among the biggest movie stars at the time. Most people don't know, but he's also a producer of many fine films and even directed a few. Outside of his acting he's probably most famous for his [...]

By |October 30th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

“Venom” is Nothing Less Than Fun

The year is 2018, and somehow there is a Venom movie that has absolutely nothing to do with Topher Grace (the original Venom in Spider-Man 3) or even the current generation of Spider-man films. It is, I think, the first of its kind: taking a villain out of a comic book and making a whole film surrounding him. [...]

By |October 5th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review for Sinemia, a MoviePass competitor

Whether you like it or not, Netflix has changed the way we consume things. They have popularized what is called the subscription model of consumption, where we pay a flat monthly fee and get more bang for our buck than if we had paid for items individually. Spotify, Apple, and Google have done this with [...]

By |August 15th, 2018|Product Reviews|1 Comment

Review: “Christopher Robin”

It’s kind of remarkable when you think about the amount of properties that Disney has the rights to. Walt Disney himself didn’t amass a lot of them in his day but the company strategy is most certainly focused on gathering the highest amount of intellectual properties under the same castle roof as possible. They own Pixar, Marvel, [...]

By |August 3rd, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

8 Things I Loved About “Teen Titans GO! To the Movies” (and 2 I Didn’t)

I sometimes wonder how the TV show Teen Titans GO! came about. It is an often bizarre re-imagining of the Teen Titans series that premiered in 2003 and lasted for 5 seasons. The original series sometimes had bizarre moments, but it also took itself seriously. Somehow someone got the idea to take the kiddy humor of that series and make [...]

By |July 27th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

"Here we go again" is a phrase that comes to mind (and often accompanied by an eye-roll or an audible groan) for many movie fans when they see studios announce unnecessary sequels for their favorite films. And as an avid ABBA aficionado, I certainly wasn't expecting or clamoring for a sequel. However, in the days [...]

By |July 18th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

It's kind of fascinating how few people saw the first Ant-Man movie. It's among my favorite origin films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and just not many folks thought it was worth their time. Which is a crying shame, because it was funny, creative, and had a heart of gold. It was refreshing to see such a [...]

By |June 27th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: The Incredibles 2

Pixar has had a rough go with sequels. Outside of the Toy Story follow-ups, all of them have fallen incredibly short of their predecessors. This might be simply because the first installment in their franchises are masterpieces and that capturing that lightning in a bottle (not intended to be a Cars pun) is nearly impossible to do twice.  This was my [...]

By |June 11th, 2018|Movie Reviews|1 Comment