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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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Yet Another War Movie

Brad Pitt leads the charge in Fury, but war movie creatively tanks as it rolls over competition

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 ...


Luke Wade Confession

Before big face-off on The Voice, Texas singer who wowed Pharrell reveals his winning strategy

By Alex Bentley

Fort Worth singer Luke Wade took America by storm when he wowed the coaches on NBC’s The Voice with his rendition of Otis Redding’s “That’s How Strong ...


Movie Time

Internet scare tactics: Men, Women & Children shows the real horror of our tech world

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 ...


You Can Be Iron Man

Superhero fans in Texas will get a double dose of Marvel excitement with two unique shows

By Alex Bentley

Any movie fan knows that Marvel Comics is slowly but surely taking over the film industry, and come next February Marvel will continue its quest for world domination by making ...


The Review Is In

Gone Girl exposes Ben Affleck's animosity, modern marriage and Nancy Grace in wicked style

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 H-Town

Neil Diamond says "Hello Again" to Houston 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 Toyota Center on May 26 ...


Film Dystopia Done Right

Maze Runner stars insist their No. 1-at-the-box-office 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 ...


Movie Escapism

Teen Wolf co-star breaks out in suspenseful The Maze Runner, but the ending is weak

By Alex Bentley

Here’s the problem with the rise in popularity of turning young adult books into films: They all start running together. With all of the main characters either living in ...


A Real Desperate Housewife

Almost unrecognizable Eva Longoria springs big surprise in drama about illegal immigration

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 ...


Mysterious Rom-Com

Stars bring home the bacon in unusual romantic comedy with weirdest plot twist

By Alex Bentley

If you think all romantic comedies are the same, you'd be wise to check out The One I Love, at the Sundance Cinemas. It centers around Ethan (Mark Duplass ...


Strange Love

Strange love: The One I Love takes romance to new dimension in quirky comedy

By Alex Bentley

Movies about romantic relationships have tried all sorts of tricks to try and distinguish themselves from others in the overcrowded genre. The One I Love is the latest to try ...


Fair Life

The Cheapskates Guide to the Texas State Fair: Deals and steals on tickets, rides and more

By Alex Bentley

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


Movie Time

Errol Flynn's underage sex scandal movie manages to be forgettable: This Robin Hood needs to rob a new script

By Alex Bentley

Anyone making a movie set more than 50 years in the past needs to have one of two things: A subject with its own innate appeal, or the ability to ...


The Review Is In

Indie movie problems: Frank is more of a slow bore than a strange shocker — despite the giant head

By Alex Bentley

There are “normal” mainstream films. There are strange, artsy films. And then there is Frank, a film playing at Sundance Cinemas that lies somewhere in between — though where exactly that ...


The Review Is In

If I Stay's unrealistic teens and cliches bomb, but the music — oh, that music — saves the movie

By Alex Bentley

The 2014 summer season has already seen one highly anticipated film based on a sad-but-uplifting young adult book, The Fault in Our Stars. But there’s always room for another ...


Fair Life

Texas State Fair gets a makeover: New attractions, even crazier food and a pumped up music fest promised

By Alex Bentley

Every year the State Fair of Texas puts a unique spin on the proceedings, with a different theme and new attractions. For 2014, the most noticeable change is a renewed ...


CultureMap Interview

Hunky young star gets an acting workout with legends Streep and Bridges in The Giver

By Alex Bentley

Film adaptations of young adult novels are all the rage nowadays, but one popular YA book — The Giver by Lois Lowry — had to wait more than 20 years to make ...


Film Food for Thought

Hundred-Foot Journey serves up delectable food porn — and charming Mirren

By Alex Bentley

Adapting a book into a film can be a thankless job. Not only must you attempt to please fans of the book — who want every tiny detail put up on ...


Texas Politics

Purple power: Liberals outnumber conservatives in Houston, new study says

By Alex Bentley

Thanks in large part to former President George W. Bush and the high profile of Gov. Rick Perry, Texas is generally viewed as overwhelmingly conservative. But a new study profiled ...


The Review Is In

Woody Allen's new movie is airheaded: Magic in the Moonlight no masterpiece, but Emma Stone shines

By Alex Bentley

Anybody who’s seen, say, at least five Woody Allen movies — a fraction of what he’s made during the last 40 or so years — knows that almost all of ...


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