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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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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, Livability.com 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 ...


Mad for Maron

An exclusive interview with Moontower headliner and festival fave Marc Maron

By Alex Bentley

Comedian Marc Maron has taken the long and slow train to success in show biz. Now 51, he's the host of the wildly popular WTF with Marc Maron podcast ...


Green Thumbs Down

Texas fails miserably when it comes to caring about the environment

By Alex Bentley

Austin may lead the nation in wildlife preservation, but Texas as a whole is downright pitiful when it comes to eco-friendliness. According to a new study by WalletHub, Texas ranks ...


A.I. Twist

Ex Machina is intelligent exploration of man vs. machine

By Alex Bentley

The obsession with — or fear of — artificial intelligence in movies dates back at least to the 1960s, starting with HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Since then, A.I. has ...


Exclusive Video

Blythe Danner on I'll See You in My Dreams co-star: People are 'swooning'

By Alex Bentley

The ninth annual Dallas International Film Festival opened with a screening of I'll See You in My Dreams, starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr and Sam Elliott. Danner plays a ...


Land of Wealth

Texas cities lead nation in multimillionaire population growth

By Alex Bentley

If you've noticed a few more Teslas and Bentleys on the streets of Texas, there's a good reason for that: According to a new study by New World ...


Film to Inspire Action

The Hunting Ground does what every good documentary should

By Alex Bentley

Based on the title, more than a few people are bound to think that The Hunting Ground is the latest thriller to hit the scene, perhaps starring an aging actor ...


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