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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.

Waves

By |12/06/2019|2019, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Writer/Director/Co-Editor Trey Edward Shults has spent his career thus far exploring the inner workings of broken families, from his breakout debut feature, "Krisha", to his ambiguous and bleak 2017 masterpiece, "It Comes at Night", and [...]

Honey Boy

By |11/28/2019|2019, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Shia LaBeouf, the former child actor, former teenage heartthrob who once starred in mainstream Hollywood blockbusters, who then became a more serious artist, in which he co-starred in Andrea Arnold's 2016 masterpiece "American Honey"--which was [...]

Queen & Slim

By |11/27/2019|2019, 3-Stars, Film Review|

The 2010's have been an astonishing decade for bold, diverse storytellers. Emerging filmmakers such as Barry Jenkins, Ava Duvernay, Jordan Peele and Steve McQueen all making their own dent in the current cinematic landscape, forging [...]

Knives Out

By |11/18/2019|2019, 4-Stars, Film Review|

The Thrombey family is about as dysfunctional as the term gets. Headed by successful mystery author Harlan (Christopher Plummer), his children and grandchildren do nothing but leech off of his immense wealth, each using it [...]