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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.

Vortex

By |05/07/2022|2022, 4-Stars, Film Review|

Gaspar Noe's most compassionate film of his career, Vortex, recalls Michael Haneke's 2012 masterpiece Amour as both films explore the final months of an elderly married couple who have been married for nearly seven decades. [...]

Cow

By |04/16/2022|2022, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Some were surprised last year when Andrea Arnold's latest feature ended up being a documentary that followed a cow around; it was certainly a departure from her bleak but visually poetic films that often-explored deep [...]