“DOWNLOADING NANCY”9:30 p.m., Friday, Riverdale.
Yet another buzz-y film that screened at Sundance, but one with a different sort of buzz. It's the timeless story of a self-mutilating woman (Maria Bello), who hires a man she meets on the Internet (Jason Patric) to torture her emotionally, physically and sexually and kill her when she's least suspecting. The critical response has been, to say the least, colorful. Entertainment Weekly called it a “highbrow-pervo conversation piece,” while a Cinemablend.com reviewer said, “It was like the film was raping my face.” Those make the marketing decisions for the film have embraced that sort of critique. “The most controversial film you will see this year” is its tagline. An arguable position in New York maybe, but here, at least in theaters, you can take it for a guarantee.