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!

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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
Beauty and the Beast
Here’s an animated Disney classic from the early 90s. A young woman unsatisfied with her provincial life, Belle wishes for adventures outside her small town. She gets her wish when… Read More
Encanto
In a small remote enchanted village in Colombia lives the Madrigal family, each member gifted with certain powers that they use in service of the village. Except for the teenage… Read More
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
With Thanksgiving feasts (and perhaps some holiday shopping) around the corner, here’s a family comedy that features some delicious weather, but warns of the dangers of excessiveness. Flint Lockwood has… Read More
The Book of Life
With All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, and the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) just around the corner, how about a film that deftly segues us from… Read More
Coraline
The young Coraline Jones is miserable after she and her parents move to a new house out in the middle of nowhere. She is completely bored, misses her friends, and… Read More
Spirited Away
“Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.” Here’s another animated classic from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, a film which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The timid… 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
The LEGO Movie
Taking place in a world made entirely of LEGOs, and animated to look like real LEGO pieces in a stop-motion animation, The LEGO Movies follows Emmet, a construction worker with… Read More
Castle in the Sky
This week we look at another animated classic from Japan’s Studio Ghibli. The young orphan Pazu lives in a small mining town, but dreams of visiting Laputa, a mysterious floating… Read More
The Secret of Kells
As it is St. Patrick’s Day (or was when this was posted), how about a movie with a bit of an Irish flavor? The Secret of Kells imagines the creation… Read More