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About Defacto Film Reviews

Defacto Film Reviews is a unique site where the film critics are also filmmakers themselves. It will feature weekly reviews as well as lists and more.

Originally formed in 2002 under Defactoweb.com, our website’s chief film critic is Robert Joseph Butler. His top ten lists were featured under Movie City News.  His reviews have also been published at Michigan Movie Magazine and on Michigan’s longest running film school website, MPIFilm.com.

He later went on to to become an award-winning filmmaker of several independent short films including such festival hits as The Spirit of Isabel and Within, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Cinetopia International Film Festival.

Using grassroots support, the site is devoted to celebrating independent and art-house cinema, as well as to high-crafted films that tell engaging stories with vision, focus, and skill.

Defacto Film Reviews is a unique case where the film critics are also filmmakers themselves. We will give readers comprehensible, honest, and erudite analysis of each film.

First Cow

By |07/11/2020|2020, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Unique in narrative structure, poetic in tone, evocative of American history, and substantial as a retelling of America's capitalistic nature and quest for prosperity, Kelly Reichardt's "First Cow" is nothing short of memorable. Alongside with [...]

The Truth

By |07/10/2020|2020, 3-Stars, Film Review|

The estranged mother-daughter movie is often explored in indie cinema (Recently: The exceptional "Miss Juneteenth.") Rare is the masterwork, like Bergman's "Autumn Sonata," that depicts a mother and daughter who reconnect after years of built [...]

End of Sentence

By |05/28/2020|2020, 3-Stars, Film Review|

It has taken the newcomer producer-turned-director Elfar Adalsteins eight years to get his debut feature film off the ground, aptly titled "End of Sentence."His first feature is an overly familiar but multi-nuanced melodrama about the fragile relationship between a father and son (superbly played by John Hawkes and Logan Lerman), whose vulnerabilities and dynamics go through transitions and reconciliation upon their trip from Alabama to Ireland. With the right word-of--mouth and [...]