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!

The Man Who Invented Christmas
Although telling scary ghost stories is no longer the popular Christmas pasttime it once was, there is one ghost story that has remained a holiday favorite since its publication over… Read More
The Christmas Toy
Advent has begun! As we look forward to celebrating the birth of our Lord, who can resist getting into the spirit of the season with Christmas movies? This week we… Read More
Hugo
Family Movie Night finally returns this week with Hugo! The year is 1931. Twelve year old Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a Paris train station, where he’s trying… Read More
Howl’s Moving Castle
Sophie (Emily Mortimer) has an uneventful life at her late father’s hat shop, but all that changes when she befriends wizard Howl (Christian Bale), who lives in a magical flying… Read More
Willow
Filled with sorcery, sword-fighting, and slapstick humor, “Willow” is a great choice for giving young kids a taste of the fantasy genre. This movie is a balance of myth and… Read More
Explorers
The story of a group of three misfits that make it to outer space on a homemade spaceship, this film is all about believing in your dreams. It stars pre-hearthrob-era… Read More
The Muppet Movie
If you were a kid of the ’80s then you know your kids will never truly understand how important the Muppets were to your cultural development. In this madcap update… Read More
Selma
Selma chronicles the 1965 protest marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, for voting rights. The film depicts the difficulties and challenges those protesting for change faced. (This movie does include violent… Read More
The Learning Tree
This 1969 film follows Newt Winger (Kyle Johnson), a Black teenager growing up in Kansas in the 1920s. Throughout the film, as he encounters and experiences several tragic events that… Read More
The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give (based on the young adult novel of the same name by Angie Thomas) tells the story of Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a 16-year-old whose friend dies… Read More
Just Mercy
This 2019 film follows Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan), a graduate from Harvard Law who travels to Alabama to represent those who cannot afford their own lawyers. He begins representing… Read More