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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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Predictable Yet Pleasurable

Frontera's first-rate acting makes up for predictable storyline

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 ...


State Fair on the Cheap

How to get every discount imaginable for State Fair of Texas 2014

By Alex Bentley

The 2014 State Fair of Texas starts its 24-day run at Fair Park on Friday, September 26. Smart fairgoers are on the hunt for any discounts or deals they can ...


Discordant Movie

Frank's strange, meandering storyline tests audience's patience

By Alex Bentley

There are “normal” mainstream films. There are strange, artsy films. And then there is Frank, a film that lies somewhere in between — though where exactly that is will depend on ...


Heartfelt Independent Film

The Discoverers puts quirky spin on family road trip movie

By Alex Bentley

Awkward road trips involving dysfunctional families seem to be the theme of every other independent film, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for another good one ...


Mysterious Rom-Com

Star and director remain playfully cryptic about mysterious The One I Love

By Alex Bentley

If you think all romantic comedies are the same, you'd be wise to check out The One I Love, which is now available on iTunes. It centers around Ethan ...


This Isn't Mad Men

Clumsy Are You Here shows Matthew Weiner should stick with TV

By Alex Bentley

Certain films seem to have it made based on who’s involved, and Are You Here is one such movie. Written and directed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, and ...


Teen Love Conquers All

Great music saves If I Stay from potentially clichéd fate

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 ...


More State Fair Fun

What's new at the 2014 Texas State Fair: New attractions, musical acts and more

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 ...


Giver Doesn't Have the Goods

Moviegoers won't get much from The Giver despite intriguing premise

By Alex Bentley

For a certain group of people, The Giver’s being adapted into a film is a longtime dream come true. The 1993 Lois Lowry novel, which won the prestigious Newbery ...


Movie Insights

The Giver's Brenton Thwaites dishes about Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges

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 ...


Texas Politics

Most big cities in Texas lean liberal — and Austin leads the pack

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 ...


Film Food for Thought

Undercooked Hundred-Foot Journey still makes a satisfying meal

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 ...


An Enjoyable Trifle

Magic in the Moonlight charms with predictable Woody Allenisms

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 ...


Action in Space

Guardians of the Galaxy defies end-of-summer movie doldrums

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 ...


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 ...


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