Copley News Service

Copley News Service is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): David Elliott
Rating Title/Year Author
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) David Elliott It has a creamy surface and junky insides. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Phar Lap (1983) David Elliott The film is richly acted... And it's as well paced as a good race by director Simon Wincer. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
2010 (1984) David Elliott Hyams directed, produced, scripted, even supervised photography, but his dossier is not that of a masterbuilder. He's a sturdy craftsman who gets all the gears moving in tight rhythm. His film is impressive but not elating. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Tightrope (1984) David Elliott On an action fan's gut level, I like Eastwood. There's no other star who can pull off tense, John Wayneish moments so well. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) David Elliott Mazursky taps and carbonates a rich source Boudu Saved From Drowning, Rene Fauchois' play that became a classic 1931 movie directed by Jean Renoir. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) David Elliott From its whip 'em up music to its doggy cliches, the movie is a rubbish pile. Even the vaunted action scenes... don't show fresh verve or tactical flair. They're just stunts with big price tags. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Dune (1984) David Elliott Inside Dune is a good freak show struggling to get out (and failing). EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Weird Science (1985) David Elliott Weird Science has a laser-line to the hopes and fears of teen-age boys. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Torchlight (1984) David Elliott [Ian McShane] is irrepressibly slimy and entertaining. Not since Malcolm McDowell played a creep Nazi (in a movie I have otherwise managed to forget) has a villain done such solo salvage work on his scenes in a terrible film. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Band of the Hand (1986) David Elliott Dumb movies are with us always, but it isn't every week that we have a Band of the Hand. Flawlessly false, it breaks into the elite of the super-stupid. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Sure Thing (1985) David Elliott The Sure Thing is one of those movies that start to fade right after you've seen it, but while you're watching there's pleasure to be had in its craft. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Solarbabies (1986) David Elliott Solarbabies is baked in the cliche oven, and then iced with derivations. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Bear (1984) David Elliott The Bear hawks the oldest line in sports films, telling us in various ways that Bryant was a "maker of men." We can believe it, and even admire it, because Busey brings out Bryant's courtly grace, his instinctual decency. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
The Cotton Club (1984) David Elliott This movie would have been ruined by good taste. It is spendthrift on every level but logic, and at times inane, yet a smashing entertainment. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
City Heat (1984) David Elliott Imagine The Sting without charm, and you have a fix on City Heat. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
The Evil That Men Do (1984) David Elliott The Evil That Men Do is an efficient C.B. machine. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Under the Volcano (1984) David Elliott There are nips of beauty and terror, but the movie starts small and then shrinks. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) David Elliott It must have been fun for the film's makers to work in London, Paris, Rome and Southern Germany, but their fun didn't get exported to us. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Ran (1985) David Elliott This film is the visual epic of the year, and one of the few really great movies of the 80s. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Lost in America (1985) David Elliott With co-writer Monica Johnson, his collaborator on Real Life and Modern Romance, Brooks has scripted the perfect outing for his gifts. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019