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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It’s A Wonderful Life
Seasonal favorite about the joys and trials of a good man (James Stewart) who, facing financial ruin on the eve of Christmas, contemplates suicide until his guardian angel (Henry Travers)… Read More
A Muppet Christmas Carol
In this sprightly version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Muppets Kermit, Miss Piggy, the Great Gonzo, Rizzo the Rat and Fozzie Bear have incidental roles as Michael Caine portrays… Read More
The Bells of St. Mary’s
Director Leo McCarey’s sequel to “Going My Way” (1944) pulls out all the emotional stops in a sugary confection that takes happy-go-lucky Father O’Malley (Bing Crosby) to a poor parish… Read More
The Secret World of Arrietty
14-year-old Arrietty and her family secretly live in the walls of a secluded country house. Finding room to live in the walls is not so difficult for them; they are… Read More
The Secret Garden
“If you look the right way, the whole world is a garden.” This week we have another film based on a classic book. The Secret Garden tells the story of… Read More
The Lion King
There’s a lot of hype around an upcoming Disney movie, and because of that, it’s time to revisit the original: The Lion King, released in 1994.  The Lion King is… Read More
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
This week we join three friends as they travel through the wilderness looking for a way home. This week, we watch Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993). Homeward Bound is ceaselessly… Read More
Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White is considered a classic, and has fans of all ages. So what better film to watch with the whole family this week? Wilbur is the… Read More
The Princess And The Frog
The Princess and the Frog is Disney’s animated “classic” that takes a new twist on an old tale. Though the movie came out when the children were much younger, we… Read More
Toy Story 3
In anxious anticipation for Toy Story 4, which comes at on the feast of John the Baptist (look it up), we went back in time to see how the saga… Read More
The Mighty Macs
Even though our team (Notre Dame) came really, really close to winning the NCAA Women’s Championship, we opted for a basketball movie anyway.  The Mighty Macs is a true story… Read More