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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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Flawed Football Film

Draft Day works as an ad for the NFL, but it's a bust for moviegoers

By Alex Bentley

The behemoth that is the National Football League has long extended its reach beyond the boundaries of its season. With offseason training, free agent signings and more, the league can ...

Drama Through Animation

Austin-made animated short tackles human side of death penalty debate

By Alex Bentley

When most people think about animated short films, their minds usually go to pieces from Disney and other traditional animation studios. But the form of filmmaking can also be a ...

Cheaters Never Prosper

Breathe In brings nothing new to infidelity genre

By Alex Bentley

There have been so many different books, movies and television shows that explore illicit relationships between older men and younger women that the storyline could probably be considered its own ...

Movie Quirkiness at its Finest

Director Wes Anderson is at his wacky best with The Grand Budapest Hotel

By Alex Bentley

Even if you’ve never quite understood the appeal of his films, it’s hard to knock Wes Anderson for his dedication to the craft. He’s now made eight ...

Airplane Thriller

Non-Stop justifies Liam Neeson's late-career transition to action star

By Alex Bentley

The careers for most actors tend to have the same arc, where you pay your dues making rom-coms and action movies before you have enough clout to start making prestige ...

Awards Season

2014 Oscar predictions: Banner movie year makes it a tight race

By Alex Bentley

More than a few observers of the industry have called 2013 a classic movie year, and it's not hard to see why. At least two of the nine films ...

Unrepentant Singer

Tori Amos returns to Austin and her pop rock roots with summer concert tour

By Alex Bentley

The original Cornflake Girl herself, Tori Amos is coming to The Long Center on July 30, 2014, as part of her Unrepentant Geraldines tour. The North American leg of the ...

A Stand-Up Guy

Texas sports anchor shocks nation with non-stereotypical response to gay NFL prospect

By Alex Bentley

If you've been on Facebook since Tuesday morning, you've likely seen the video of Dallas-based sports anchor Dale Hansen taking to task those who would oppose gay football ...

A Hostage Romance

Clever Jason Reitman falters in lackluster Labor Day

By Alex Bentley

Writer/director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) has taken on a variety of topics in his short but lauded career, but all of his films have generally had ...

A Serviceable Thriller

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit effectively reboots character for new era despite flaws

By Alex Bentley

Once upon a time, the character of Jack Ryan — the creation of recently deceased author Tom Clancy — was a hot commodity. Books featuring Ryan were adapted into four separate films ...

War on Terror Up Close

Lone Survivor pays brutal tribute to fallen soldiers but fails in storytelling

By Alex Bentley

There have been a number of movies about the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, but surprisingly few have dealt with actual soldiers on the ground. In fact, most ...

Virtual Romance

Her flaunts Spike Jonze's skill as remarkably odd filmmaker

By Alex Bentley

Spike Jonze’s mindset has always been slightly askew from the majority of those in the entertainment industry. Whether he was making videos for the Beastie Boys or Bjork, generating ...

Chelsea: Can You Handle Her?

Chelsea Handler keeps comedy party going with spring Austin tour date

By Alex Bentley

Ever the strategic minx, Chelsea Handler will hit Austin's sweet spot this spring when she brings her act to the local stage right after March's SXSW Comedy highjinks ...

Movie Magic

The 11 best movies of 2013 surprised, shocked and delighted audiences

By Alex Bentley

Like any year, 2013 had its fair share of bad movies. But when its movies were good, they were very good. The cream of crop were easy to choose, but ...

Seriously Bad Films

The 10 worst movies of 2013 overpromised and underdelivered

By Alex Bentley

Being a film critic can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it's a real drag. Forcing yourself to sit through a clunker of a movie just to write ...

Winning Wall Street Depravity

Cocaine-fueled Wolf of Wall Street proves Scorsese can still surprise

By Alex Bentley

Martin Scorsese has made all kinds of films during his career, from ultraviolent gangster flicks to a meditation on the life of the Dalai Lama. But even Scorsese completists will ...

Ron Burgundy is Back

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues fits bill for mindless holiday fun

By Alex Bentley

When Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy came out in 2004, it was a modest success, taking in around $85 million. But it was an exercise in supreme silliness that ...

Funk Folk Film

Inside Llewyn Davis elevates star with standard Coen quirkiness

By Alex Bentley

Call them quirky, offbeat or just plain strange, but Joel and Ethan Coen have always delighted in making films that are just slightly off-kilter. Their films are never so weird ...

Watch the Hair

Story shortchanges A-list actors in unsatisfying American Hustle

By Alex Bentley

Seven of the eight films writer/director David O. Russell has done, including American Hustle, could be classified as comedies, which pretty much makes him a comedic filmmaker. But his ...


Saving Mr. Banks is a spoonful of Mary Poppins movie fun

By Alex Bentley

Movies about making movies, especially ones based on real-life stories, will always be catnip for film lovers, as they purport to take us behind the curtains and show what really ...

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