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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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Reality of Fantasy

Disney's Tomorrowland is a blast at times, but ultimately gets robbed of fun

By Alex Bentley

Writer/director Brad Bird has had a charmed, if relatively short, directorial career. His debut, The Iron Giant, was critically acclaimed if not widely seen, a gig that led to ...


Explosive Moviemaking

Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most memorable movies of 2015

By Alex Bentley

In Hollywood, especially in recent years, everything old is new again, with properties and franchises being revived years or even decades after they were last seen. Usually people who had ...


Forgettable Drama

Kristen Wiig delivers, but Welcome to Me is a forgettable film

By Alex Bentley

When actors primarily known as comedians delve into darker material, the reaction usually goes one of two directions. Either they are praised for subverting their usual persona with a nuanced ...


A Family Affair

This Texas town tops list of America's best cities for families

By Alex Bentley

Back in May 2014, Livability.com determined that Plano was one of the best cities for kids in the United States. A year later, Plano can add another accolade to ...


Avengers Get Better

Avengers: Age of Ultron figures out the movie magic formula

By Alex Bentley

With Avengers: Age of Ultron, the number of movies produced by Marvel Studios in the ongoing bid for world domination now numbers 11. That includes three Iron Mans, two Thors ...


Mad for Maron

An exclusive interview with Moontower headliner and festival fave Marc Maron

By Alex Bentley

Comedian Marc Maron has taken the long and slow train to success in show biz. Now 51, he's the host of the wildly popular WTF with Marc Maron podcast ...


Green Thumbs Down

Texas fails miserably when it comes to caring about the environment

By Alex Bentley

Austin may lead the nation in wildlife preservation, but Texas as a whole is downright pitiful when it comes to eco-friendliness. According to a new study by WalletHub, Texas ranks ...


A.I. Twist

Ex Machina is intelligent exploration of man vs. machine

By Alex Bentley

The obsession with — or fear of — artificial intelligence in movies dates back at least to the 1960s, starting with HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Since then, A.I. has ...


Exclusive Video

Blythe Danner on I'll See You in My Dreams co-star: People are 'swooning'

By Alex Bentley

The ninth annual Dallas International Film Festival opened with a screening of I'll See You in My Dreams, starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr and Sam Elliott. Danner plays a ...


Land of Wealth

Texas cities lead nation in multimillionaire population growth

By Alex Bentley

If you've noticed a few more Teslas and Bentleys on the streets of Texas, there's a good reason for that: According to a new study by New World ...


Film to Inspire Action

The Hunting Ground does what every good documentary should

By Alex Bentley

Based on the title, more than a few people are bound to think that The Hunting Ground is the latest thriller to hit the scene, perhaps starring an aging actor ...


We Are Bad with Money

Texans suck at making financial decisions, new study says

By Alex Bentley

If you or someone you know is up to his eyeballs in credit card debt, it may not surprise you that a new study by WalletHub has discovered that Texans ...


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 ...


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