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Alex Bentley

Alex Bentley

Associate Editor

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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Hunger Games Revolution

Mockingjay - Part 1 sets up final Hunger Games chapter brilliantly

By Alex Bentley

Splitting the final film of a popular book-turned-movie series into two parts is all the rage these days, as the makers of the Harry Potter, Twilight and now The Hunger ...


The Science of Love

The Theory of Everything favors love over science in Stephen Hawking's life story

By Alex Bentley

Stephen Hawking, who has developed scientific theories that boggle the imagination, would be an impressive individual based solely on his intelligence. But when you also consider that he’s done ...


Baymax to the Rescue

Big Hero 6 delivers intelligently cute antidote to superhero movies

By Alex Bentley

Since Marvel Entertainment merged with Disney back in 2009, the production of films based on Marvel characters has shifted into overdrive. Given Disney’s history, it was only a matter ...


McConaughey's New Film

Interstellar reaches for movie heights but falls short of the stars

By Alex Bentley

Director Christopher Nolan has never been the type to take it easy on anyone who watches his movies. From his early works like Following and Memento all the way through ...


Swift Diss

Can't shake this off: Taylor Swift snubs Austin in 2015 tour announcement

By Alex Bentley

An argument could be made that Taylor Swift is the most popular musician on the planet right now, but on her 2015 tour, Texans will have only one chance to ...


Real Estate Innovation

Austin-based tech firm plans to revolutionize commercial real estate marketplace

By Alex Bentley

RealMassive, a burgeoning tech firm based in Austin looking to change the way commercial real estate transactions take place, has expanded its footprint by officially launching in Dallas, Fort Worth ...


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 ...


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