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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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No Subtlety Here

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart sort of save Get Hard from itself

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

Overhyped It Follows is a snoozer of a scary movie

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

Laughable Insurgent comes off like parody of young adult dystopian genre

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

Austin declared one of the best-run cities in the country

By Alex Bentley

Opinions on how well the city of Austin is run vary from person to person, but according to a new study from WalletHub, Austin ranks as one of the best-run ...


Fairy Tale Fail

Live-action Cinderella update feels tragically dated and irrelevant

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 ...


Getting It Done

Austinites work pretty damn hard according to new survey

By Alex Bentley

Despite Austin's laid back reputation, it seems we also know how to get things done. A new study from WalletHub proclaims that Austin is the No. 23 hardest working ...


A Good Con

Focus may just put Will Smith back in our good graces

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 ...


English Crooner

Breakout star Sam Smith adds Austin stop to whirlwind tour

By Alex Bentley

Soulful singer Sam Smith has enjoyed quite the breakout year since the release of his debut album, In the Lonely Hour. Now fans will be able to see him perform ...


Oscar 2015 Highlights

Birdman soars over Linklater's Boyhood but Patricia Arquette owns Oscar spotlight

By Alex Bentley

Although Boyhood has been an awards season favorite in the run-up to the 2015 Academy Awards, in the end, Richard Linklater's gutsy 12-year experiment was overshadowed by another bravura ...


Moving Musical

Emotionally wrought The Last Five Years shows how good movie musicals can be

By Alex Bentley

Some actors seem destined to represent a certain genre, and Anna Kendrick is certainly headed that way with musicals. She’s the face of the Pitch Perfect franchise, played Cinderella ...


Running Down a Dream

Go ahead and give in to the charms of Disney's McFarland, USA

By Alex Bentley

If you’re watching a sports movie, especially one made by Disney, you can usually count on several things: a person or team overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds; resistance to said ...


New Spin for Spy Genre

Kingsman: The Secret Service invigorates even if it goes overboard

By Alex Bentley

The spy genre can always take a bit of reinvention. James Bond has gone through multiple iterations over the past 50 years, Tom Cruise brought Ethan Hunt into the modern ...


Award Season

Texas talent wins big, can't outshine Kanye drama at 2015 Grammys

By Alex Bentley

Texas loomed in the 2015 edition of the Grammy Awards, but maybe not large enough. Houston native Beyoncé took home three trophies, and rising star St. Vincent, aka Dallas native ...


Really Good Real Estate

Surge in home sales makes 2014 one of best years ever for Texas real estate

By Alex Bentley

A surge of single-family home sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 ensured it was one of the best years ever for Texas real estate. According to a new report ...


Acting Showcase

A Most Violent Year survives on acting strength

By Alex Bentley

Writer/director J.C. Chandor has had a heck of a rocket start to his career. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his first film ...


Good and Simple

Don't let the simple plot stop you from seeing Two Days, One Night

By Alex Bentley

Often there is a chasm between American films and European ones, at least those that make their way across the Atlantic. American movies tend to favor easy, fast-moving stories, while ...


Line Up the Oscar

Kristen Stewart's damn near as good as Julianne Moore in Still Alice

By Alex Bentley

With no specific cause and no cure, Alzheimer’s disease is as scary a diagnosis as one could ever get. That is precisely the premise of Still Alice. Alice Howland ...


Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Weird Al Yankovic exploits crazy continued success with summer stop at ACL Live

By Alex Bentley

It’s been almost 40 years since “Weird Al” Yankovic started writing and recording parody songs, but he’s arguably as popular as he’s ever been. He’s capitalizing ...


Box Office Stunner

Box office stunner: American Sniper shatters records with tale of lethal Texan

By Alex Bentley

There are certain movies you can count on to have big opening weekends at the box office, such as The Avengers and The Hunger Games. But American Sniper? The Clint ...


Blackhat Film Hack

Blackhat turns out to be total hack job despite of-the-moment subject

By Alex Bentley

Every time I go into a film released in January — and I’m not talking about movies like Selma or American Sniper that expand nationwide after limited release in December ...


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