Joan Marcus
Melissa Rose Bernardo
January 28, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

As a shrapnel-scarred war photographer, Laura Linney (HBO’s John Adams) is all sharp edges and steely gazes in Time Stands Still, whether battling her journalist boyfriend (Brian d’Arcy James) or pouncing on her editor (Eric Bogosian) and his ”embryonic” young girlfriend (a brilliant Alicia Silverstone). Why this woman is so prickly remains a mystery, but Donald Margulies (Sight Unseen) has crafted another beautifully bleak portrait of a tortured artist. A-

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