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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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Movie Insights

Stars of The Fault in Our Stars reveal why this touching love story is the film of the summer

By Alex Bentley

One of the most anticipated movies of the summer contains no superheroes, explosions or popular animated characters. What The Fault in Our Stars does have, though, is a touching love ...

No More Drama

Jesus Christ Superstar tour feauturing odd cast of '90s stars suddenly gets canceled

By Alex Bentley

The national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which was scheduled for June 20 at the Frank Erwin Center, has been canceled. Options Clause Entertainment, the group in charge of the ...

Lackluster Comedy

A Million Ways to Die in the West shoots and mostly misses

By Alex Bentley

The last couple of years for Seth MacFarlane have been up-and-down — if always high profile. His stint as the host of the 2013 Academy Awards generated controversy befitting of the ...

Frozen on Ice

Disney's Frozen skates into Texas for most obvious spin-off ever

By Alex Bentley

Disney's Frozen has been one of the most successful animated films ever, so it was only a matter of time before the Mouse House spun it off into other ...

This Is Not The Brady Bunch

Drew Barrymore makes Adam Sandler slightly more tolerable in Blended

By Alex Bentley

Adam Sandler is not in the business of surprising people. The vast majority of films released under his Happy Madison Productions banner are comedies that aim for cheap, easy laughs ...

Blockbuster Blast

X-Men: Days of Future Past blends brains and brawn into superheroic movie

By Alex Bentley

It’s now been 14 years since X-Men started the current superhero movie craze that shows no sign of slowing down. That film and most of its sequels, prequels and ...

Airfare Wars

Southwest Airlines announces new $99 fares for Texas flyers

By Alex Bentley

Southwest is now offering fares as low as $79 one way from Dallas starting on October 13, 2014, i.e. the day the Wright Amendment finally falls by the wayside ...

Huge Summer Blockbuster

Godzilla delivers monster movie experience with pulse-racing storyline

By Alex Bentley

The prospect of seeing another movie about Godzilla, especially for those unfortunate enough to have witnessed the 1998 Roland Emmerich fiasco, wouldn’t seem to be at the top of ...

Sigma No

Neighbors takes tame route to fraternity debauchery

By Alex Bentley

The premise for Neighbors seems inspired enough: A young couple with a baby are happy in their neighborhood until a fraternity from the local university buys the house next door ...

Chick Flick Gone Awry

The Other Woman goes off the rails with unlikely revenge plot

By Alex Bentley

The new film The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, deserves credit for being somewhat original. It combines a story about a cheating spouse with one about female ...

Profanity at Its Greatest

The great Dom Hemingway shows off rude, crude and lewd Jude Law

By Alex Bentley

Jude Law has played a variety of roles in his career. Occasionally he’s ventured over to the dark side, but his appeal has mostly come from playing dapper and ...

Atypical British Crime Movie

Director Richard Shepard aims for anti-Guy Ritchie movie with Dom Hemingway

By Alex Bentley

Some movies cause viewers to either love it or hate it, and writer/director Richard Shepard is proud to have made such a film with Dom Hemingway. The movie, which ...

Flawed Football Film

Draft Day works as an ad for the NFL, but it's a bust for moviegoers

By Alex Bentley

The behemoth that is the National Football League has long extended its reach beyond the boundaries of its season. With offseason training, free agent signings and more, the league can ...

Drama Through Animation

Austin-made animated short tackles human side of death penalty debate

By Alex Bentley

When most people think about animated short films, their minds usually go to pieces from Disney and other traditional animation studios. But the form of filmmaking can also be a ...

Cheaters Never Prosper

Breathe In brings nothing new to infidelity genre

By Alex Bentley

There have been so many different books, movies and television shows that explore illicit relationships between older men and younger women that the storyline could probably be considered its own ...

Movie Quirkiness at its Finest

Director Wes Anderson is at his wacky best with The Grand Budapest Hotel

By Alex Bentley

Even if you’ve never quite understood the appeal of his films, it’s hard to knock Wes Anderson for his dedication to the craft. He’s now made eight ...

Airplane Thriller

Non-Stop justifies Liam Neeson's late-career transition to action star

By Alex Bentley

The careers for most actors tend to have the same arc, where you pay your dues making rom-coms and action movies before you have enough clout to start making prestige ...

Awards Season

2014 Oscar predictions: Banner movie year makes it a tight race

By Alex Bentley

More than a few observers of the industry have called 2013 a classic movie year, and it's not hard to see why. At least two of the nine films ...

Unrepentant Singer

Tori Amos returns to Austin and her pop rock roots with summer concert tour

By Alex Bentley

The original Cornflake Girl herself, Tori Amos is coming to The Long Center on July 30, 2014, as part of her Unrepentant Geraldines tour. The North American leg of the ...

A Stand-Up Guy

Texas sports anchor shocks nation with non-stereotypical response to gay NFL prospect

By Alex Bentley

If you've been on Facebook since Tuesday morning, you've likely seen the video of Dallas-based sports anchor Dale Hansen taking to task those who would oppose gay football ...

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