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.


By |08/31/2021|1-Star, 2021, Film Review|

Directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino and produced by his protégé Oscar Nominated Director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, I Am Love), Netflix original Beckett staples itself as a convoluted thriller unable to consistently [...]


By |08/26/2021|2021, 3-Stars, Film Review|

Very much a legacyquel, the new cinematic incarnation of Candyman, the endlessly scary and influential horror classic of the 90's, is given life from producer/co-writer Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta. Making good on fusing [...]


By |08/17/2021|2021, 3-Stars, Film Review|

CODA, this year's Sundance crowd-pleaser hit could be destined to being the feel good movie hit of the year. A US remake of the 2014 French comedic-drama La Famille Bellier, which chronicles the life of [...]


By |08/08/2021|2021, 3-Stars, Film Review|

A truly skillful and passionate actor who certainly endured his fair share of scrutiny for being "difficult to work with"--Val Kilmer's career is certainly idiosyncratic that is dispersed with many highlights (Heat, Tombstone, Willow, The [...]


By |08/07/2021|2021, 4-Stars, Film Review|

A highlight of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, Annette, the surreal rock opera tragedy and sixth full-length feature film from French auteur Leos Carax is an audacious and unforgettable experience. A remarkable film that will [...]