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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.

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 [...]

Scoob!

By |05/15/2020|1-1/2 Stars, 2020, Film Review|

Since the late 1960s, one of the longest standing icons in American animation is Scooby-Doo and the members of Mystery Inc. Adding a slight horror-spin to Saturday morning cartoons, their adventures saw them solving spooky [...]

Capone

By |05/14/2020|2020, 3-Stars, Film Review|

It wasn't long ago when the career of up-and-coming filmmaker Josh Trank seemed destined for nothing but greatness. His directorial feature Chronicle put a fresh spin on the dying "found footage" genre, helped launch the [...]