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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: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

This year another great trilogy can be added to the noble pantheon of great movie trilogies: the How To Train Your Dragon series. Writer/director Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch) has crafted the only truly masterful set of films for Dreamworks Animation. And unfortunately, like most great trilogies (with the arguable exception of Indiana Jones and the Last [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Kid Who Would Be King”

What would happen if a 12 year old British boarding school boy somehow came across the sword in the stone and was given the Arthurian task of uniting a deeply divided society to fight against a an ancient evil threatening world domination? This is the premise of Joe Cornish's upcoming second outing as a writer/director, [...]

By |January 24th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Oscar Nominations 2019: The Full List (With Commentary)

This morning at 5:20 AM PST the nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards were announced by Kumail Nanjiani ("THE BIG SICK") and Tracee Ellis Ross (star of ABC's "black-ish"). Their improv-style presentation was actually quite charming. There were a lot of snubs and surprises, which will be detailed below many of the categories. Best Picture: “Black [...]

By |January 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dan’s Top 10 Films of 2018

This was a very unconventional year for films in that the blockbusters were better than ever and the Oscar movies are just OK. I enjoyed myself at the movies this year, but I have to admit that there were very few genuinely brilliant films. However, there were enough good ones to make a top ten [...]

By |December 27th, 2018|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

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