Tower Heist

Rated 2.0

Finance wizard Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is the penthouse occupant of a ritzy New York high-rise. When the tower’s blue-collar employees fall prey to his investment scheme, they conspire to rob the fraudster’s apartment in the hopes of taking back what’s rightfully theirs. A weaker version of Ocean’s Eleven ensues as the group of unlikely partners devises a breaking-and-entering plan. Recently fired building manager Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) leads this motivated crew. Throw in an ex-con (Eddie Murphy), a bumbling nerd (Matthew Broderick) and two fellow enraged employees (Casey Affleck and Gabourey Sidibe), and you have the rest of the amateur dream team filled with all of your stereotypical caricatures. Between all the tip-toeing around the tower and the cringe-worthy action slapstick, the actual heist scenes are some of weakest of the film, with only occasional moments of harmless humor. With Kovac’s steal-from-the-rich-give-to-the-poor motivation, this morality tale does find some social relevance in giving a nod to the 99 percent who wish they too could stick it to the Wall Street fat cats. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13