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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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The Review Is In

Sexy action star Scarlett Johansson can't save Lucy: Absurd premise annoys any average human brain

By Alex Bentley

Most movies require that viewers suspend their disbelief at least a little in order to properly enjoy the stories they have to tell. However, the latest from writer/director Luc ...


Kickstarter Film Fail

Can we get our money back? Zach Braff's Kickstarter film fails to deliver

By Alex Bentley

Zach Braff touched a lot of hearts, including mine, with his self-assured directorial debut, 2004’s Garden State. So much so that thousands of people dug into their own pockets ...


Don't Miss Masterpiece

The first great movie of the year: Texas director's Boyhood is a don't-miss masterpiece

By Alex Bentley

There have been some audacious experiments in the history of cinema, but none quite like Richard Linklater’s latest, Boyhood. For 12 years, Linklater has been making a movie about ...


Movie Time

The best Planet of the Apes movie ever? Dawn emerges as summer's rare worthy blockbuster

By Alex Bentley

In a time when most action movies seem to have no heart, soul or intelligence, leave it to the one that features talking apes as its central characters to show ...


Sports Bodies

Prince Fielder's nude in ESPN Magazine, but male model Chandler Parsons gets completely snubbed

By Alex Bentley

If it's the middle of summer, it must be time for ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue, a celebration of athletes' bodies and the vast potential of the ...


Movie Time

Melissa McCarthy completely bombs: Fat jokes at her own expense (and doing) just part of the mess of Tammy

By Alex Bentley

Since her breakout performance in 2011’s Bridesmaids, for which she earned an Oscar nomination, Melissa McCarthy has quickly risen to the level of A-list star. After co-starring in two ...


The Review Is In

Roger Ebert movie is gobsmackingly shocking with feuds and cancer truths: A tribute to Life Itself

By Alex Bentley

By any measure, Roger Ebert was one of the most influential film critics of all time. Because of him, his partner/antagonist Gene Siskel and their iconic TV show, a ...


The Review Is In

The harsh naked truth: New strip club movie will leave audiences limp

By Alex Bentley

For most people, their curiosity about the world of male strippers started and ended with Magic Mike, the 2012 Steven Soderbergh dud that was only entertaining because of the actors ...


Hometown Glory

Taking off: Houston artists win national honors for airport and Montrose tunnel work

By Alex Bentley

The program to fill Dallas Love Field Airport with all manner of public art has earned national recognition: Houston artist Dixie Friend Gay's North Texas Sunrise has been named ...


Towering Achievement

Big Tex runs away with Best Quirky Landmark contest, but an iconic Houston spot isn't left out

By Alex Bentley

In a beatdown of epic proportions, Big Tex, the icon of the State Fair of Texas, was voted the Best Quirky Landmark in the United States by readers of USA ...


The Review Is In

Abortion comedy movie works: Obvious Child is funny and sweet rather than offensive

By Alex Bentley

Movies are so homogenized in the 21st century that it counts as a shock when a film takes a true risk. That is certainly the case with Obvious Child, a ...


The Review Is In

Music waste: Clint Eastwood makes a mess of Jersey Boys, fails to deliver a worthy movie

By Alex Bentley

Since debuting in 2005, Jersey Boys has been one of the most popular Broadway musicals around. It has also revived interest in Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a group ...


Comic in Recovery

After serious accident, Tracy Morgan cancels comedy tour, including Houston stop

By Alex Bentley

Comedian Tracy Morgan has canceled the rest of his Turn It Funny tour, including the scheduled stop at House of Blues on June 26. Morgan was involved in a serious ...


The Review Is In

Clown win: Jonah Hill makes 22 Jump Street even crazier — and more hilarious — than the bromance original

By Alex Bentley

When 21 Jump Street came out in 2012, few expected it to become the success that it did. But Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum had the ineffable chemistry every good ...


Movie Time

No Zooey Deschanel, no problem: (500) Days Of Summer team scores again with Fault in Our Stars

By Alex Bentley

Movie romances tend to come with a certain formula, and that doesn't usually include main characters afflicted with deadly diseases. That’s just the first of many things that ...


The Review Is In

Tom Cruise proves he's smarmy, cocky and surprisingly funny, but a lame Edge of Tomorrow still implodes

By Alex Bentley

When we first encounter Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, he, as Major William Cage, is at his smarmy best, shilling to TV news shows on behalf of a global ...


Movie Insights

Stars of summer's best love story explain why they fought so hard to get movie made

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

Arena version of Jesus Christ Superstar with Destiny Child's star is unexpectedly canceled

By Alex Bentley

The national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which was scheduled for June 21 at Toyota Center has been canceled. Options Clause Entertainment, the group in charge of the show, released ...


Frozen on Ice

Frozen Live! Disney plans spin-off of wildly popular movie on ice

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 ...


The Review Is In

A Million Ways to Die in the West fires lame blanks: Seth MacFarlane delivers a safe bore

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 ...


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