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Alex Bentley

Alex Bentley

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Alex Bentley isn’t a Dallas-Fort Worth native, but with all his experience in the area, he’s the next best thing. He received his bachelor’s degree from TCU, and after a five-year sojourn to work for the Florida Marlins in Miami, he returned to the area to get his master’s degree at UNT. Prior to joining CultureMap, he worked for Pegasus News, helping deliver hyper-local news to the internet masses. He uses that experience to make CultureMap the go-to site for everything to see and do in Dallas.

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One-Man Tour de Force

Jake Gyllenhaal is at his creepy best in Nightcrawler

By Alex Bentley

With both of his parents, not to mention his sister, involved in filmmaking, Jake Gyllenhaal has every reason to live off his name and make easy, unremarkable movies. Instead, except ...


Oscar Contenders

Gut-wrenching Whiplash is one of 2014's best films

By Alex Bentley

Jazz is probably not high on many people’s lists when it comes to interesting topics for a movie, but in the hands of writer/director Damien Chazelle, it is ...


Michael Keaton Flying High

Weird and wild Birdman takes the high wire to movie greatness

By Alex Bentley

There are some films that defy classification, ones that don’t conform to any preconceived notion of what a film should be despite having much in common with their predecessors ...


A Ghoul Time For All

Texas parties for Halloween unlike any other state

By Alex Bentley

With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, many people will be looking to let loose at a great party. Luckily for Texans, several Lone Star cities rank among the ...


Yet Another War Movie

Fury suffers from war fatigue with same old movie tropes

By Alex Bentley

If someone is going to make a movie about World War II, he had better have a strong reason for doing so. Definitive movies about the Holocaust, military conquests and ...


Life in the Internet Age

Internet-obsessed Men, Women & Children will scare parents to death

By Alex Bentley

The Internet age can often be challenging and confusing, and although some films have touched on aspects of this, no mainstream film has made it the sole focus of the ...


David Fincher At His Finest

Sinister Gone Girl makes for a wicked good time

By Alex Bentley

The central mystery in Gone Girl, the new film based on the best-seller written by Gillian Flynn, is one that fits right in with today’s media-saturated culture. Nick Dunne ...


Diamond in ATX

Neil Diamond says "Hello Again" to Austin with first concert tour in six years

By Alex Bentley

It's been six long years, but music icon Neil Diamond is finally going out on tour again in 2015, including a stop at the Frank Erwin Center on April ...


Action Hero Time

Even Denzel Washington can't rescue The Equalizer from cheesy thriller fate

By Alex Bentley

Denzel Washington has taken a long and winding road to becoming an action star. He nearly started out as a perennial Oscar contender in the 1980s, and it wasn’t ...


Film Goodness

Benedict Cumberbatch movie leads Lone Star Film Festival 2014 lineup

By Alex Bentley

The Lone Star Film Festival has released the first eight films for its 2014 edition, taking place at Fort Worth's Sundance Square on November 6-9, with movies featuring actor ...


Family Quirks

This Is Where I Leave You charms with all-star cast

By Alex Bentley

Since his career revival as the lead in the TV show Arrested Development, Jason Bateman has played many roles that have traded upon his essential goodness. While others commit crimes ...


Rangers Shocker

Rangers manager on reason for shocking resignation: 'I was not true to my wife'

By Alex Bentley

Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington broke his silence on the reason behind his sudden resignation on September 5, indicating that he had an affair and that he needed to ...


Horrific Transformation

Tusk proves Kevin Smith should stick to comedy

By Alex Bentley

A good horror comedy has to strike the right balance between two seemingly disparate genres. It needs enough horror to please aficionados, but it also requires the right amount of ...


Film Dystopia Done Right

Maze Runner stars explain why this movie is no Hunger Games lite

By Alex Bentley

If you didn't know any better, you might dismiss The Maze Runner as yet another book-to-film adaptation set in a future dystopian world. But that would be a mistake ...


Predictable Yet Pleasurable

Frontera's first-rate acting makes up for predictable storyline

By Alex Bentley

There are few new ideas in filmmaking these days, so a movie is often judged not by its originality but by how well it executes a familiar story. That’s ...


State Fair on the Cheap

How to get every discount imaginable for State Fair of Texas 2014

By Alex Bentley

The 2014 State Fair of Texas starts its 24-day run at Fair Park on Friday, September 26. Smart fairgoers are on the hunt for any discounts or deals they can ...


Discordant Movie

Frank's strange, meandering storyline tests audience's patience

By Alex Bentley

There are “normal” mainstream films. There are strange, artsy films. And then there is Frank, a film that lies somewhere in between — though where exactly that is will depend on ...


Heartfelt Independent Film

The Discoverers puts quirky spin on family road trip movie

By Alex Bentley

Awkward road trips involving dysfunctional families seem to be the theme of every other independent film, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for another good one ...


Mysterious Rom-Com

Star and director remain playfully cryptic about mysterious The One I Love

By Alex Bentley

If you think all romantic comedies are the same, you'd be wise to check out The One I Love, which is now available on iTunes. It centers around Ethan ...


This Isn't Mad Men

Clumsy Are You Here shows Matthew Weiner should stick with TV

By Alex Bentley

Certain films seem to have it made based on who’s involved, and Are You Here is one such movie. Written and directed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, and ...


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