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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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Reality of Fantasy

Back to the future? Dreary Tomorrowland focuses too much on the here and now

By Alex Bentley

Writer/director Brad Bird has led a charmed life in his relatively short directorial career. His debut, The Iron Giant, was critically acclaimed if not widely seen, a gig that ...


Weekend Event Planner

Drake, Kenny Chesney and Symphony speed painter top best weekend events in Houston

By Alex Bentley

Memorial Day weekend in Houston promises to be memorable, with the return of a cultural diversity festival, two great theater productions, and big name concerts for country, rock and hip ...


Musical Magic

Stop the presses! Spectacular dancing and return of two Houston actresses make Newsies special

By Alex Bentley

With all the ways in which musicals have evolved over the years, it’s almost refreshing to see an old-fashioned song-and-dance production. And Newsies (playing through May 24 at the ...


Explosive Moviemaking

Explosive moviemaking: Visually stunning Mad Max return is worth the 3D price of admission

By Alex Bentley

In Hollywood, especially in recent years, everything old is new again, with properties and franchises being revived years or even decades after they were last seen. Usually people who had ...


Weekend Event Planner

Dave Matthews, classic boy band and festival fever top weekend events in Houston

By Alex Bentley

It's prime festival season in Houston, as no fewer than four different festivals will take place around the city this weekend. If you'd rather stay inside, there's ...


Weekend Event Planner

Lana Del Rey and Jay Leno headline the best weekend events in Houston

By Alex Bentley

It's a comedy and music weekend in Houston, as most of the events to make our list focus on one or the other. They include a concert with two ...


A Very French Relationship

Charming film about a daily two-hour love affair illustrates French American romantic divide

By Alex Bentley

The relationship sensibilities of American and French cultures collide in the new film 5 to 7, in which nascent writer Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin) finds himself drawn into an affair ...


Avengers Get Better

Avengers: Age of Ultron figures out the summer movie magic formula: Action, humor and a lot of heart

By Alex Bentley

With Avengers: Age of Ultron, the number of movies produced by Marvel Studios in their ongoing bid for world domination now numbers 11. That includes three Iron Mans, two Thors ...


Weekend Event Planner

Elton John, ZZ Top and Latin Wave film fest headline the best weekend events in Houston

By Alex Bentley

The beginning of May in Houston brings an eclectic weekend full of events, including a bingo fundraiser, dragon boat races, a historic home tour and a visit from the Rocket ...


WTF Is Funny

Podcast star Marc Maron riffs on his dream white whale guests and his checkered SNL past

By Alex Bentley

Comedian Marc Maron has taken the long and slow train to success in show biz. Now 51, he’s the host of the wildly popular WTF with Marc Maron podcast ...


A.I. Twist

Star Wars stars obsess on artificial intelligence in smart sci-fi thriller

By Alex Bentley

The obsession with — or fear of — artificial intelligence in movies dates back at least to the 1960s, starting with HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Since then, A.I. has ...


Homestate Fail

Eco-unfriendly: Texas ranks almost dead last on list of states that care about the environment

By Alex Bentley

Texas may lead the nation in categories such as job growth and affordable housing, but the state is downright pitiful when it comes to eco-friendliness. According to a new study ...


The CultureMap Interview

A sexy movie about retirees? Upcoming new indie flick with a swoon-worthy Sam Elliott tantalizes

By Alex Bentley

The ninth annual Dallas International Film Festival opened on Thursday with a screening of I'll See You in My Dreams, starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr and Sam Elliott. Danner ...


We Are Bad With Money

State of confusion: Texans are really bad with their money, according to new survey

By Alex Bentley

If you or someone you know is up to his eyeballs in credit card debt, it may not surprise you that a new study by WalletHub has discovered that Texans ...


No Subtlety Here

Get Hard earns its R rating as Ferrell and Hart don't hold back in wild raunchy comedy

By Alex Bentley

When a movie title that’s as obvious a double entendre as Get Hard gets approved by the MPAA, you know that subtlety will not rule the day — especially when ...


Unscary Movie

Teen horror movie with terrifying sex has a clever twist but isn't as scary as it should be

By Alex Bentley

Every couple of years, a new horror movie comes along that genre fans proclaim to be the next big thing — either because it puts a clever twist on well-worn tropes ...


Unintended Parody

It's no Hunger Games: Laughable Insurgent is ripe for Saturday Night Live parody

By Alex Bentley

Just after the release of 2014’s The Maze Runner, Saturday Night Live parodied the ever-growing genre of young adult dystopian films with the aptly named The Group Hopper. It ...


Wise Spenders

Houston named one of America's best-run cities, but survey doesn't look at potholes

By Alex Bentley

Opinions on how well the city of Houston is run by its government may vary depending on your political leanings, but according to a new study done by WalletHub, the ...


Movie Tme

Fairy tale fail: New Cinderella's just the same offensive, outdated women depend on men yawn

By Alex Bentley

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella. Adaptations of the European folk tale number into the hundreds — if not thousands — which means that any new iteration must distinguish itself from those ...


Movie Time

Smoldering sex appeal aside, Margot Robbie still plays second fiddle to a hit desperate Will Smith in Focus

By Alex Bentley

When done right, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a con man movie. It’s pure escapism, as the audience gets to revel in the “heroes” pulling one over ...


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