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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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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 ...


History Comes Alive

Where Austin-area students can see MLK drama Selma for free

By Alex Bentley

Thanks to the generous contributions by many of the country’s most prominent African-American business leaders, students in the Austin area can see Selma, the stellar film about MLK's ...


Lone Star Pride

Texas sweeps 2015 Oscar nominations thanks to Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel

By Alex Bentley

A film that no one but Austin-based director Richard Linklater could dream up has now turned into one of the year's most-lauded films: Boyhood was nominated for six Academy ...


Golden Moments

Austin film wins big at 2015 Golden Globes and more memorable moments

By Alex Bentley

Despite being around for 72 years, the Golden Globe Awards have been and likely always will be the redheaded stepchild of awards season. They’re rarely a harbinger for awards ...


Stoned Filmmaking

Good luck trying to get through Inherent Vice's impenetrable haze

By Alex Bentley

Director Paul Thomas Anderson has always been known for his esoteric films. In fact, he’s probably the most well-known current filmmaker to have trafficked solely in films that aren ...


Essential Movie Chronicle

Selma magnificently depicts Martin Luther King Jr.'s greatness and flaws

By Alex Bentley

Whether by chance or due to the sheer enormity of his legacy, not one feature film has been made about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. since he was assassinated in ...


Best Movies of 2014

The best movies of 2014 stand out because of superb performances

By Alex Bentley

Although it wasn't a standout year for movies collectively, 2014 will be remembered for individual performances. Many movies catapulted into contention for best of the year based mostly on ...


Worst Movies of 2014

The worst movies of 2014 range from epic disasters to comedic fails

By Alex Bentley

It may be hard to believe, but as a film critic, it takes a lot to displease me. If I choose to see a movie, I usually give it the ...


World War II Hero

Angelina Jolie's Unbroken fails to do justice to Louis Zamperini's life story

By Alex Bentley

If ever there was a true story that deserved big-screen treatment, it’s the life of Louis Zamperini. He packed a lifetime’s worth of events into just about 10 ...


Seeing is Believing

Director Tim Burton treats moviegoers with uncharacteristic Big Eyes

By Alex Bentley

Tim Burton’s films don’t normally fly under the radar, but his latest, Big Eyes, certainly has. Perhaps that’s because it has few Oscar aspirations, unlike most other ...


Enigma Wrapped Inside a Great Movie

Thrilling The Imitation Game shakes up WWII genre

By Alex Bentley

Whether we like it or not, movies about World War II continue to be popular for filmmakers because of the myriad stories that can be mined from such rich history ...


Merry Christmas, Kim Jong-un

Every movie theater around Texas showing Sony's The Interview

By Alex Bentley

Alamo Drafthouse was one of the primary proponents of Sony Pictures' releasing The Interview, and the Austin-based theater chain got the lion's share of the credit when the studio ...


Modern War Film

American Sniper delivers stirring tribute to Texas hero Chris Kyle

By Alex Bentley

Last we heard from director Clint Eastwood, he was fumbling his way through the adaptation of the jukebox musical Jersey Boys. So naturally he would quickly follow that up with ...


Fairy Tale Cinema

Disney's Into the Woods sings with live-theater charm

By Alex Bentley

Translating a stage musical into a movie has never been an easy job. The difficulties most often lie in replicating theater’s intimacy, as even the most grandiose of productions ...


Holiday Movie Time

The Hobbit comes to lackluster end with Battle of the Five Armies

By Alex Bentley

Director Peter Jackson captured the imagination of millions of people with The Lord of the Rings trilogy by making films that were equal parts brain, brawn and emotion. When he ...


Movie Drama

Alamo Drafthouse forced to cancel hyped Team America screening

By Alex Bentley

An amusing plan by Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson to screen Team America: World Police in response to Sony's yanking of The Interview has been foiled. The theater has canceled ...


Comedic Genius on Display

Chris Rock gets personal in Top Five: The best film of his career

By Alex Bentley

Great serious comedies — an oxymoronic term, perhaps — are in short supply. Most comedies either try to appeal to the lowest common denominator or aim high and fall short of their ...


Journey of a Lifetime

Reese Witherspoon doesn't shy away from the ugly in Wild performance

By Alex Bentley

Focusing on one character for a feature-length film can be tricky. His or her story has to be compelling enough to warrant such an in-depth look at the person’s ...


Australian Horror Gem

The Babadook may have you checking under the bed for monsters

By Alex Bentley

Any good horror movie needs to have one thing and one thing only: atmosphere. If you don’t set the right tone for the film, you run the risk of ...


Wannabe Prestige Film

Foxcatcher stars can't act their way out of lousy storytelling

By Alex Bentley

Making a great movie is never easy. Multiple factors — from the acting to the directing to the editing to the soundtrack — have to come together to form a cohesive, memorable ...


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