Tower Heist 1.0 stars

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Rage about elite-hustler Bernie Madoff gets hashed into Brett Ratner’s heist comedy. Alan Alda plays the smug, Madoff-ian figure, who even scams the pensions of the decent, obsequious people who run his luxury high-rise. The building manager (Ben Stiller) looks for payback, with a milquetoast (Matthew Broderick), a nerd (Casey Affleck), and a lippy street crook (Eddie Murphy). The cast is game, and some lines zing, but caper energy evaporates into a bag of gags involving Steve McQueen’s Ferrari, a dog, a high-speed chase through the big Macy’s parade, and an amateur safecracker (Gabourey Sidibe of Precious, so obese that she is almost eyeless). 2011.

David Elliott

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