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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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Action Movie Greatness

Tom Cruise is in peak movie-star form in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

By Alex Bentley

There is something to be said about movie star power in this day and age. Precious few actors have the ability to command the screen based on sheer will, as ...

Another Boxing Failure

Even Jake Gyllenhaal can't make a winner out of Southpaw

By Alex Bentley

Aside from a couple of clunkers in 2010 — cough, Prince of Persia, cough, Love & Other Drugs — Jake Gyllenhaal has been on quite a roll since earning his first Oscar nomination ...

Ranking It

Where is it great to be a first-time homebuyer? All over Texas

By Alex Bentley

As anyone looking for a house right now can tell you, the real estate market in Texas is red hot. And according to a new study by WalletHub, a host ...

Cute Only Goes So Far

Minions are as cute as ever but quickly lose their charm in new movie

By Alex Bentley

The best part of the Despicable Me series has arguably been the minions, the little yellow henchman of the villain Gru who desperately want to help but always seem to ...

Essential Music Documentary

Powerful Amy Winehouse documentary exposes the ugly reality of celebrity

By Alex Bentley

The paradox of celebrities in the modern age is that even as they reveal more and more of themselves on Twitter, Instagram and the like, they can still be as ...

Funny Stuff

Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari headline Oddball Comedy fest coming to Austin

By Alex Bentley

Funny or Die's annual Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival has highlighted some big-name the past few years. The 2015 fest will even bigger with Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari headlining ...

CultureMap Q&A

David Gray on U.S. tour: 'I see it as a precious thing that I'm allowed to do'

By Alex Bentley

David Gray hit it big back in 2000 with the re-release of his album White Ladder and the hit "Babylon." Since then, the indie British rocker has had a steady ...

The Terminator is Back

Terminator Genisys restores good name of Schwarzenegger and famous franchise

By Alex Bentley

The Terminator series makes no real sense, plotwise. The entire thing is built on the idea of John Connor, a military leader in the future, sending a soldier, Kyle Reese ...

So Bad It's Laughable

Big Game proves bad action movie cliches never go out of style

By Alex Bentley

If we movie lovers are honest with ourselves, there are many times when our favorite memories involve films that are pretty dumb, especially when it comes to 1980s action movies ...

Only the Good Die Young

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl lays on the quirk for affecting story

By Alex Bentley

When it comes to movies about young people, you’d think that young love, partying and other fun things would be the go-to subject matter. Instead, in recent years the ...

Emotional Animation

Movie magic is back with Inside Out, Pixar's most emotional film to date

By Alex Bentley

With its first 11 feature films, Pixar accomplished something no other studio could ever match: an unbroken streak of stellar films. Then it put out the universally derided Cars 2 ...

Filmmaker Q&A

Inside Out team plays with emotions to produce one of Pixar's best films

By Alex Bentley

For its latest animated film, Pixar has gone to a place almost nobody but it would think to go: inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, to look ...

Jurassic Letdown

Jurassic letdown: New film fails to fill the big dinosaur tracks of the original

By Alex Bentley

It's hard to underestimate the impact that Jurassic Park had when it came out in 1993. Not only was it part of a stellar one-two punch from director Steven ...

Living the Really Good Life

Entourage movie is everything you loved about the HBO series at feature length

By Alex Bentley

The main goal of Entourage, which aired on HBO from 2004-2011 and has now been made into a film, is wish-fulfillment fantasy. The exploits of Vince (Adrian Grenier), E (Kevin ...

This Ain't Almost Famous

Aloha says 'goodbye to the Cameron Crowe you knew and loved'

By Alex Bentley

The decline of a filmmaker’s skills can often be hard to accept, especially when that person is responsible for iconic movies. But there’s now hard evidence that Cameron ...

Reality of Fantasy

Disney's Tomorrowland is a blast at times, but ultimately gets robbed of fun

By Alex Bentley

Writer/director Brad Bird has had a charmed, if relatively short, directorial career. His debut, The Iron Giant, was critically acclaimed if not widely seen, a gig that led to ...

Explosive Moviemaking

Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most memorable movies of 2015

By Alex Bentley

In Hollywood, especially in recent years, everything old is new again, with properties and franchises being revived years or even decades after they were last seen. Usually people who had ...

Forgettable Drama

Kristen Wiig delivers, but Welcome to Me is a forgettable film

By Alex Bentley

When actors primarily known as comedians delve into darker material, the reaction usually goes one of two directions. Either they are praised for subverting their usual persona with a nuanced ...

A Family Affair

This Texas town tops list of America's best cities for families

By Alex Bentley

Back in May 2014, determined that Plano was one of the best cities for kids in the United States. A year later, Plano can add another accolade to ...

Avengers Get Better

Avengers: Age of Ultron figures out the movie magic formula

By Alex Bentley

With Avengers: Age of Ultron, the number of movies produced by Marvel Studios in the ongoing bid for world domination now numbers 11. That includes three Iron Mans, two Thors ...

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