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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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Turn Off Your Brain

Lucy makes being smart look awfully dumb

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 ...


Sports Tributes

Texas' biggest and brightest athletes celebrated in new State Fair exhibit

By Alex Bentley

We love our sports here in Texas, so it's only natural that the 2014 State Fair of Texas would get in on the action with a new exhibit titled ...


Filmmaking Milestone

Richard Linklater pulls off gutsy experiment with Boyhood

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 ...


Slugger in the Buff

Naked Texas Ranger on cover of ESPN magazine fields national attention

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 ...


Seeing Is Not Believing

Coherence is a fascinating and brilliant sci-fi trip

By Alex Bentley

Most science fiction movies these days are as much about the special effects as they are the story. Some have the both of best worlds, but usually one is sacrificed ...


Intelligent Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes deserves summer blockbuster status

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 ...


Drafthouse Expansion Continues

Alamo Drafthouse continues expansion with new downtown Dallas location

By Alex Bentley

On July 7, Alamo Drafthouse DFW confirmed it’s bringing a signature movie theater to the Cedars neighborhood near downtown Dallas. Alamo Drafthouse COO Bill DiGaetano told the Dallas Morning ...


Honoring a Film Critic

Life Itself shows Roger Ebert's monumental impact on movies

By Alex Bentley

By any measure, Roger Ebert was one of the most influential film critics of all time. Because of him, his partner/antagonist Gene Siskel and their iconic TV show, a ...


Miserable Comedy

Tammy's depressing plot manages to make the hilarious Melissa McCarthy unfunny

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 ...


Towering Achievement

Texas icon named quirkiest landmark in America

By Alex Bentley

In a beatdown of epic proportions, Big Tex, the icon of the State Fair of Texas, was voted the Best Quirky Landmark in the United States by readers of USA ...


Hot Interview

Joe Manganiello swears audiences will love every stripper in La Bare documentary

By Alex Bentley

Prior to to playing Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh's 2012 film Magic Mike, Joe Manganiello had never really considered the world of male dancers. But after doing research ...


The Naked Truth

La Bare documentary about famed Dallas strip club fails to arouse

By Alex Bentley

For most people, their curiosity about the world of male strippers started and ended with Magic Mike, the 2012 Steven Soderbergh dud that was only entertaining because of the actors ...


Jersey Boys

Music takes center stage in Jersey Boys but storyline falls flat

By Alex Bentley

Since debuting in 2005, Jersey Boys has been one of the most popular Broadway musicals around. It has also revived interest in Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a group ...


21st Century Romance

Obvious Child director and star talk mining laughs from touchy subject

By Alex Bentley

The new film Obvious Child isn't your typical romantic comedy, and not just because it deals with a touchy topic: abortion. Writer/director Gillian Robespierre and star Jenny Slate ...


Comic in Recovery

Injured Tracy Morgan cancels comedy tour, including Austin stop

By Alex Bentley

Comedian Tracy Morgan has canceled the rest of his Turn It Funny tour, including the scheduled Austin stop at the Paramount on June 28. Morgan was involved in a serious ...


Big Tex Likes Music

State Fair of Texas 2014 releases lineup for free weekend concert series

By Alex Bentley

One of the many benefits of attending the State Fair of Texas in Dallas is the free weekend concert series, which this year will be headlined by the likes of ...


No Mere Kids Film

How to Train Your Dragon 2 wows with exceptional animation and story depth

By Alex Bentley

The main reason that most sequels fail to satisfy is because it’s nearly impossible to replicate the originality of the first film. Audiences already know the main characters, so ...


Sequel Success

22 Jump Street's bromance proves just as hilarious as original

By Alex Bentley

When 21 Jump Street came out in 2012, few expected it to become the success that it did. But Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum had the ineffable chemistry every good ...


Pedal to the Metal

Austin-area drivers pay more for speeding tickets than most of Texas

By Alex Bentley

Everybody hates getting a speeding ticket, but according to financial website NerdWallet, if you're going to get caught speeding anywhere in the state of Texas, you should steer clear ...


Movie Insights

Stars of The Fault in Our Stars reveal why this touching love story is the film of the summer

By Alex Bentley

One of the most anticipated movies of the summer contains no superheroes, explosions or popular animated characters. What The Fault in Our Stars does have, though, is a touching love ...


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