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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.

Harriet

By |11/04/2019|2 Stars, 2019, Film Review|

In American history, Harriet Tubman stands as one of its most courageous and empowered figures. She defied the odds as a prolific conductor on the Underground Railroad, helping to free over 300 people from slavery. [...]

Pasolini

By |11/01/2019|2019, 3-1/2 Stars, Film Review|

Abel Ferrara's intense and exquisite account of the final hours of celebrated filmmaker and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini avoids the typical biopic trappings and cliches. Instead Ferrara utilizes a more fragmented, experimental, and even affectionate [...]

The Lighthouse

By |10/26/2019|2019, 4-Stars, Film Review|

After making a big splash with both critics and audiences with his directorial debut “The Witch”, writer/director Robert Eggers has returned with the anticipated nautical nightmare, “The Lighthouse”. Shot on actual 35mm Black and White [...]

Gemini Man

By |10/20/2019|2 Stars, 2019, Film Review|

Director Ang Lee has always been known to push boundaries in his work. Whether it be the breathtaking "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "Brokeback Mountain" or more recently with 2012's "Life of Pi". Lee has had [...]

Monos

By |10/05/2019|2 Stars, 2019, Film Review|

"Monos", the latest South American movie to come out of Columbia is an austere, deeply abstract, and equally frustrating film that gives no answers, or barely any clarity for its themes or ideas. All that [...]