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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: 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

Interview: “Blockers” Composer Mateo Messina

Header image credit: Impact24 PR Greetings and happy Friday! This week I was able to interview composer Mateo Messina, who recently worked on John Cena's new film, "Blockers." Mateo is best known for his Grammy-winning music for Jason Reitman’s “Juno.” He is currently working on season four of Reitman’s Hulu comedy series “Casual,” season three of NBC comedy “Superstore,” starring America Ferrera, [...]

By |April 6th, 2018|Interviews|0 Comments

Interview with “Peter Rabbit” Composer Dominic Lewis

Dominic Lewis is a British-born composer with sensational talents that have catapulted him to the forefront of music in television and film. Dominic is currently scoring the third season of Amazon’s Emmy-winning series "The Man in the High Castle." Additionally, Dominic scores Disney XD’s revitalized "DuckTales," Sony's "Rough Night" and "First Fight," and several other films [...]

By |March 19th, 2018|Interviews|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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