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: “Abominable”

In the past year I have seen three different movies that have all tried to capture the magic of the original How to Train Your Dragon film. The first was Bumblebee, which made my top ten list last year. The second was How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (my review of it can be read here), which, while [...]

By |2019-09-26T06:48:51-07:00September 26th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Film Review: “Downton Abbey”

It was such an odd experience, sitting in the theater watching Downton Abbey with a crowd of other Downtonians. Like many people, I've only ever watched Downton Abbey either by myself or with one other person. The raucous laughter that erupted often throughout the screening felt very strange, mostly because Downton isn't considered a comedy [...]

By |2019-09-19T08:10:09-07:00September 19th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Yesterday”

It seems that Richard Curtis has found his second calling after his retirement from directing several years ago: writing and producing musical movies based on classic pop bands. Prior to writing/producing Yesterday, the Notting Hill, Love Actually, and About Time writer/director did something very similar with Mamma Mia's sequel last summer, which was among my [...]

By |2019-06-28T21:48:26-07:00June 28th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

7 Spoiler-Free Reasons “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is Brilliant

It was always going to be a hard task for any film to follow up Avengers: Endgame, one of the most successful films of all time. It wrapped up ten years of storytelling in Marvel Cinematic Universe in a compelling and touching way. Yet they seemed to write themselves into a corner, leaving a number of [...]

By |2019-06-27T06:17:06-07:00June 27th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Spoiler-Free Review of “Avengers: Endgame”

Forget everything you think you know about Avengers: Endgame, because the trailers are almost entirely useless and deceptive. Watching it was quite possibly the oddest blockbuster experience I've ever had: I walked into the theater thinking that I had a decent idea about what the film's narrative was going to be about, or at least [...]

By |2019-04-24T08:33:32-07:00April 23rd, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Captain Marvel

There are many movies in Marvel Cinematic Universe that are the equivalent of a king size candy bar: basically empty calories with very little nutritional value. They feel good while you’re eating them, but you afterwards you feel less than awesome. This is exactly how I felt watching Captain Marvel. As the credits rolled I [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:01:59-07:00March 7th, 2019|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

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 |2019-02-07T13:27:31-07:00February 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 |2019-01-24T07:18:21-07:00January 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 |2019-03-11T17:02:00-07:00January 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments