Mormon Murders and ‘Moxie’

A docuseries about bombings that scandalized The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints (Murder Among the Mormons) and a comedy about a high-school muckraker (Moxie) land today, March 3, on Netflix.

Murder Among the Mormons

In October 1985 three separate bombs detonated in Salt Lake City, killing two people. The third bomb went off in the car of soon-to-be prime suspect Mark Hofmann. Turns out Hofmann, who was raised in the church, forged what he purported to be rare early Mormon letters and diaries. The documents, which dealt with founder Joseph Smith and other early church figures, rocked Mormonism. Meanwhile, Hoffman lived large off his ill-gotten gains. When collectors began demanding restitution from Hoffman, he turned to desperate measures.

Murder Among the Mormons follows Hofmann’s trail and investigators’ efforts to find the truth.

Napoleon Dynamite writer and director Jared Hess and An Honest Liar writer and director Tyler Measom co-helmed the three-part series.

If tales of forgery are your thing, you might also want to check out the film Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018), based on the true story of Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a down-on-her-luck writer who turns to counterfeiting letters from famous scribes to pay her cat’s vet bills and other expenses. You can rent it starting from $3.99 at Vudu and other providers.

Moxie

Sixteen-year-old wallflower Vivian (Hadley Robinson) becomes a high-school muckraker.

The woke Vivian is inspired by a new student (Alycia Pascual-Peña) and her mother’s (Amy Poehler) rebellious past to publish an underground zine exposing her fellow students’ bad behavior. Called “Moxie,” the publication causes a revolution and draws Vivian out of her shell.

Moxie also stars Lauren Tsai, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nico Hiraga, Sydney Park, Josephine Langford, Ike Barinholtz and Marcia Gay Harden.

(Top image: ‘Murder Among the Mormons.’ Source: Netflix)

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