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!

Earth to Echo
As childhood friends Tuck, Alex, and Munch prepare for their last night together before some of them move away, they decide to investigate why their smartphones are glitching strangely when… Read More
Newsies
Here’s an underdog musical drama with a number of catchy songs from the songwriters behind other Disney classics, such as Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. In New York City,… Read More
Fly Away Home
When her mother dies, 13-year-old Amy (a young Anna Paquin) moves from New Zealand to Canada to live with her father (Jeff Daniels), an eccentric sculptor and inventor. After such… Read More
The Young Messiah
With Easter on the horizon, here’s a film that takes us back to Jesus’s day. The Bible says almost nothing about Jesus’s early youth other than being found in the… Read More
The Wind Rises
Studio Ghibli is best known for its fantastical adventure stories, but in this week’s film we take a look at something different from them, as they dramatize the life of… Read More
Free Willy
This week’s film is a popular classic from the 90s. Hanging out with the wrong crowd, the 12-year-old orphan Jesse has become a liar and a thief. When police catch… Read More
Over the Moon
After her mother passes away, teenage Fei Fei is upset that her father has fallen in love again, and hates the idea of having a step mother and an annoying… Read More
Darby O’Gill and the Little People
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, here’s a light-hearted comedy classic featuring a battle of wits with leprechauns. The old Darby O’Gill works as an estate caretaker, but… Read More
The Iron Giant
Here’s a lesser-known animated film from the filmmaker who would go on to direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar. Nine-year-old Hogarth lives in a small town in the 1950s.… Read More
The Straight Story
Alvin Straight is 73 and in poor health. When he gets a call that his older brother has had a stroke, he decides he must pay him a visit. Ten… Read More
National Treasure
In a change of pace from last week’s animated fairy tale, here’s an action adventure with an historic flavor. Ever since he was a child, Ben Gates has believed what… Read More