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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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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 ...


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 ...


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