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Official poster for Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix. PUBLIC DOMAIN

“Joker”: A deep dive into the origins of a beloved madman 

Alek Lewis October 26, 2019
"Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role, brings an original and detailed dive into the psyche of Batman’s enigmatic villain, while simultaneously creating one of the most memorable character performances of the last decade. 
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An old fashion film reel. Stony Brook Southamptons MFA in flim has RYAN BAXTER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS VIA BY CC 2.0

Stony Brook’s MFA in Film program adds to its list of accomplishments

Thomas James November 15, 2016
Stony Brook’s MFA in Film program continues its year of achievements, as movies developed by its participants gain recognition.
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BROOKLINE, Mass. Oct. 28, 2015—Michael Rezendes, Spotlight reporter, who is played by Mark Ruffalo in the movie Spotlight, walks the red carpet before a screening of the movie at the Coolidge Corner Theater Wednesday night. Photo by Dingfang Zhou/BUNS

Journalist portrayed in “Spotlight” speaks about his team’s work

Rebecca Liebson April 21, 2016
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Rezendes visited Stony Brook Tuesday night to talk about the story behind the Academy Award-winning movie, “Spotlight.”
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Julianne Moore plays a linguistics professor battling early onset Alzheimers in Still Alice. According to, the film is based on Lisa Genovas book of the same name. PHOTO CREDIT: NICHOLAS GENIN

SUNY shines light on the arts with new three-year program

Rena Thomas February 23, 2015
Lights, camera, action. Stony Brook introduced the SUNY system's first ever Master of Fine Arts program to its Southampton and Manhattan campuses.
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Richard Leakey speaks about life off the grid

Elsie Boskamp October 21, 2014
Richard Leakey, famed paleoanthropologist, Kenyan politician, environmentalist and professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, spoke on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Wang Center Theater.
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Argo fully deserving of Best Picture of the Year

Michael Cusanelli March 4, 2013
Last weekend, more than 40 million viewers watched as Ben Affleck's "Argo" took home the Academy Award for best picture of the year. Having watched the movie earlier this week, I have to say that it definitely deserved all of the praise it received.
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Stony Brook theater arts alum wins an Oscar

Elvira Spektor March 5, 2012
He wore a single-breasted Brooks Brothers tuxedo. It was very Hollywood, perfectly peppered with old-school class. He looked like a character from “The Artist”. And, as of last Sunday, he was the proud owner of an Academy Award for his work on that very movie.
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