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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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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 ...


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 ...


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