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 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
The Kid Who Would Be King
While escaping from a pair of bullies chasing him, 12 year old Alex stumbles upon something peculiar at a construction site: a sword in a stone. Easily pulling it from… Read More
A Silent Voice
When a deaf student joins Shoya’s middle school class, he is easily annoyed by her deafness, which makes communication a challenge. Shoya overcomes his discomfort by becoming a bully, teasing… Read More
Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace tells the true story of the British politician William Wilberforce’s historic efforts to abolish the slave trade in the British Empire. As a devout member of the Church… Read More
The Indian in the Cupboard
“You should not do magic you do not understand!” Here’s another gem from the 90s. When Omri receives a cupboard on his ninth birthday, he discovers that whatever toy he… Read More
Penguin Bloom
After a terrible accident leaves the young mother Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts) paralyzed from the waist down, she and her family struggle to adapt to new routines. Sam is especially… Read More