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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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Submarine Suspense

Black Sea thriller dives into deep-seated fears, suspicion and greed

By Alex Bentley

Setting a movie aboard a submarine naturally lends itself to intensity. There’s the inherent claustrophobia, with characters only able to navigate tight quarters. And then there’s the constant ...


Funny Woman

Paula Poundstone: 'This is a delightful job, and I would do it whether I got paid or not'

By Alex Bentley

Like a lot of stand-up comedians, Paula Poundstone has managed to forge a long career without ever truly becoming a star. Although she briefly had her own HBO show in ...


Weekend Event Planner

Dallas Opera's Everest and Marvel Universe Live top best weekend events in Dallas

By Alex Bentley

The biggest events in Dallas-Fort Worth this weekend represent a variety of interests — a couple of local music showcases, more comic book goodness, a compelling new opera, stand-up comedy and ...


Deep Ellum Revival

Deep Ellum institution Bomb Factory reopens with throwback concert lineup

By Alex Bentley

It's been 15 years since the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum shut its doors, but new owner Clint Barlow soon will reopen the venue with a series of concerts ...


Underwater Suspense

Black Sea director Kevin Macdonald talks underwater thrills and Jude Law's transformation

By Alex Bentley

Kevin Macdonald is a decorated documentary filmmaker who's only turned to fiction in the last decade. But he's brought his sense of realism with him, making films like ...


Country Megaticket Returns

Megaticket returns with better perks for best country concerts in Dallas

By Alex Bentley

For the past two years, the Country Megaticket has given country music fans a leg up on seats for the best concerts at Gexa Energy Pavilion. The season-ticket option is ...


Good and Simple

Don't let its ordinariness stop you from seeing Two Days, One Night

By Alex Bentley

Often there is a chasm between American films and European ones, at least those that make their way across the Atlantic. American movies tend to favor easy, fast-moving stories, while ...


Acting Showcase

A Most Violent Year survives on acting strength

By Alex Bentley

Writer/director J.C. Chandor has had a heck of a rocket start to his career. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his first film ...


Line Up the Oscar

Kristen Stewart's damn near as good as Oscar shoo-in Julianne Moore in Still Alice

By Alex Bentley

With no specific cause and no cure, Alzheimer’s disease is as scary a diagnosis as one could ever get. That is precisely the premise of Still Alice. Alice Howland ...


Festival News

Dallas adds major outdoor music and arts festival to annual events roster

By Alex Bentley

Dallas gets another outdoor music and arts extravaganza with the inaugural Dallas Music District Festival, set for May 16-17 at the Trinity River Greenbelt near and under the Commerce Street ...


Weekend Event Planner

Billy Joel and Harlem Globetrotters headline best weekend events in Dallas

By Alex Bentley

It doesn't happen every week, but the events on tap for this weekend appeal have broad appeal, from comedy to music to theater to sports to film, with a ...


Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Weird Al Yankovic exploits crazy continued success on new world tour

By Alex Bentley

It’s been almost 40 years since “Weird Al” Yankovic started writing and recording parody songs, but he’s arguably as popular as he’s ever been. He’s capitalizing ...


Box Office Stunner

Bradley Cooper has the Midas touch: American Sniper stuns at box office

By Alex Bentley

There are certain movies you can count on to have big opening weekends at the box office, such as The Avengers and The Hunger Games. But American Sniper? The Clint ...


Opera Surprise

Expect some showboating in upcoming Dallas Opera season

By Alex Bentley

The Dallas Opera has announced the lineup for its 2015-2016 season, one that will feature five productions, including two world premieres and, for the first time in TDO history, a ...


Be a Superhero

Marvel Experience offers tons of superhero fun despite iffy technology

By Alex Bentley

Although Marvel Comics have been around in one form or another for 75 years, it wasn't until 2000, when the first X-Men movie was released, that they began their ...


Film Hack

Blackhat turns out to be total hack job despite of-the-moment subject

By Alex Bentley

Every time I go into a film released in January — and I’m not talking about movies like Selma or American Sniper that expand nationwide after limited release in December ...


Lone Star Pride

Texas sweeps 2015 Oscar nominations thanks to Boyhood and Grand Budapest Hotel

By Alex Bentley

A film that no one but Austin-based director Richard Linklater could dream up has now turned into one of the year's most-lauded films: Boyhood was nominated for six Academy ...


Weekend Event Planner

The Marvel Experience at Fair Park headlines best weekend events in Dallas

By Alex Bentley

For the next three weeks, the world of Marvel Comics takes over Dallas-Fort Worth with two massive events. But if superheroes aren't your thing, there are still plenty of ...


History Comes Alive

Where Dallas-area students can see MLK drama Selma for free

By Alex Bentley

Thanks to the generosity of local business leaders, students in the Dallas area can see Selma, the stellar film about MLK's push for racial equality in Selma, Alabama, for ...


Welcome Westin Downtown Dallas

Downtown Dallas gets even roomier with luxurious new hotel tower

By Alex Bentley

Downtown Dallas is about to get more attractive to out-of-town visitors with the announcement of the new Westin Dallas Downtown. The hotel is slated to open in December 2015. The ...


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