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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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Comedy Showcase

Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari headline Oddball Comedy fest, and it's coming to Houston

By Alex Bentley

Funny or Die's annual Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival has brought some big-name comedians to Houston the past few years, and 2015 will be even bigger with Amy Schumer and ...


Weekend Event Planner

More Garth and Fourth of July fun top best weekend events in Houston

By Alex Bentley

With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday this year, there is a dearth of new, non-Independence Day events happening in Houston. But that doesn't there's nothing ...


The Terminator is Back

Schwarzenegger doles out Terminator tough love, with help of Game of Thrones star

By Alex Bentley

The Terminator series makes no real sense, plotwise. The entire thing is built on the idea of John Connor, a military leader in the future, sending a soldier, Kyle Reese ...


So Bad It's Laughable

President in peril: Despite stellar cast, action-filled Big Game is so bad, it's funny

By Alex Bentley

If we movie lovers are honest with ourselves, there are many times when our favorite memories involve films that are pretty dumb, especially when it comes to 1980s action movies ...


Only the Good Die Young

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl upends expectations with lots of laughs

By Alex Bentley

When it comes to movies about young people, you’d think that young love, partying and other fun things would be the go-to subject matter. Instead, in recent years the ...


Weekend Event Planner

Garth Brooks, Kathy Griffin and Pride Parade top the best weekend events in Houston

By Alex Bentley

Apologies should go out to all the smaller events in Houston this weekend, as the big events are definitely taking center stage. Five of the six following events could arguably ...


Emotional Animation

Journey to happiness: Magical Inside Out lifts your emotions — and that's the point

By Alex Bentley

With its first 11 feature films, Pixar accomplished something no other studio could ever match: an unbroken streak of stellar films. Then it put out the universally derided Cars 2 ...


Filmmaker Q&A

Inside Out filmmakers explain how they play with emotions to create one of year's best movies

By Alex Bentley

For its latest animated film, Pixar has gone to a place almost nobody but it would think to go: inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, to look ...


Weekend Event Planner

Country stars, tequila festival and summer solstice celebrations headline the best weekend events

By Alex Bentley

Even with all the rain this week, outdoor events are still where it's at in Houston this weekend, as nearly every event you see below has an outdoor component ...


Prehistoric Inaction

With humans this unfocused, cheesy Jurassic World makes you want to root for the dinosaurs

By Alex Bentley

It’s hard to underestimate the impact that Jurassic Park had when it came out in 1993. Not only was it part of a stellar one-two punch from director Steven ...


Weekend Event Planner

Houston Beer Fest, Habsburg masterpieces and rap legends top best weekend events in Houston

By Alex Bentley

As the temperatures heat up, you may find yourself choosing indoor events over outdoor ones. While there are some great indoor choices this week, most of the big ones will ...


Weekend Event Planner

Music fests, world premiere dance and dazzling magic headline the best weekend events in Houston

By Alex Bentley

There's a little something for everybody this weekend in Houston, with great events planned for lovers of theater, music, film, dance and food. But biggest of all will be ...


Living the Really Good Life

Absurd but fun: Big screen Entourage expands Hollywood fantasy of HBO series

By Alex Bentley

The main goal of Entourage, which aired on HBO from 2004-2011 and has now been made into a film, is wish-fulfillment fantasy. The exploits of Vince (Adrian Grenier), E (Kevin ...


Top Summer Concerts

The 12 best concerts to see in Houston this summer, from Garth to Kelly Clarkson and more

By Alex Bentley

This summer looks to be a memorable one for Houston-area concertgoers, as the 12 shows featured below include a broad range of up-and-coming, of-the-moment and classic acts. Among the offerings ...


This Ain't Almost Famous

Aloha says goodbye to Almost Famous director's career; Bradley Cooper and starry cast can't save messy movie

By Alex Bentley

The decline of a filmmaker’s skills can often be hard to accept, especially when that person is responsible for iconic movies. But there’s now hard evidence that Cameron ...


Weekend Event Planner

Jimmy Buffett, Cinderella and dance fest top the best weekend events in Houston

By Alex Bentley

The final weekend of May brings an assortment of both local and national events to the forefront in Houston. Among the offerings will be familiar pop songs given a jazzy ...


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 ...


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