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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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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 ...


Movie Time

Chris Pratt's big win: Guardians of the Galaxy takes comic book movies to another level

By Alex Bentley

Up until this point, comic book movies have focused on characters that have either proven popular across the board or those with such a history that a movie about them ...


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 ...


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