Family Movie Nights

To help families spend time together and share common experiences, The Leadership Institute provides recommendations for Family Movie Night. Each week, a new movie recommendation and explanation is available for your consideration. Enjoy the show!

Secondhand Lions
When the young Walter is forced to spend the summer with his two old eccentric great uncles (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine), he’s not too happy about it. He’s never… Read More
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them…   No Catholic list of film recommendations… Read More
Lilies of the Field
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not… Read More
A Monster Calls
While a film about a boy conjuring an imaginary beast to guide him through an emotionally tumultuous time may sound like the plot of a children’s film, this more serious… Read More
Searching for Bobby Fischer
In this classic from the 90s, seven year old Josh discovers speed chess in a New York park and instantly falls in love with the game, absorbing its basic rules… Read More
The One and Only Ivan
Here’s a lighthearted family film featuring animals who, in typical children’s story fashion, can speak to each other, but not to humans. Rescued from poachers as a baby and raised… Read More
Unbroken
Here’s another film more appropriate for older viewers. With the Olympic games currently underway in Japan, here’s a true story about an Olympic runner in Japan… albeit under very different… Read More
Bedtime Stories
In contrast to last week’s serious drama, how about settling down with a lighthearted family comedy? When hotel repairman Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) is asked by his sister to babysit… Read More
Harriet
When the slave Araminta Ross decides to make a run for it before being auctioned to a new owner in 1840s Maryland, she barely escapes with her life. Finding freedom… Read More
The Dark Crystal
In the late 70’s, Muppets creator Jim Henson wanted to explore puppetry possibilities beyond the sort of comedic creatures he was known for, such as Kermit and Miss Piggy. The… Read More
Saving Mr. Banks
With her book royalties on the verge of drying up, writer P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) reluctantly accepts an offer to travel to Los Angeles and meet the famous Walt Disney… Read More