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 Astronaut Farmer
Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) always wanted to be an astronaut, but dropped out of NASA’s space program to save his father’s ranch and never got the chance to go… Read More
On the Waterfront
This week’s film is a well-known classic starring Marlon Brando. Partly inspired by a series of actual crime reports, On the Waterfront tells the story of Terry Malloy, a dock… Read More
Despicable Me
Gru and his yellow minions have become iconic animated characters, but this week’s film is the original story that started it all. Hoping to be recognized as the world’s greatest… Read More
The Elephant Man
This week’s film is more appropriate for older viewers. In 19th century London, a doctor (Anthony Hopkins) comes across Joseph Merrick, a young man with severe facial deformities, being exhibited… Read More
Dreamer
When racehorse trainer Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) is fired after a disastrous race, he decides to keep an injured racehorse, saving the animal from being put down. Although his daughter… Read More
The Sea Beast
Determined to follow in the footsteps of her late parents, the young orphan Maisie runs away from an orphanage to join a crew of sea monster hunters, stowing away on… Read More
Zathura: A Space Adventure
In this Jumanji spin-off, a board game brings its players the intergalactic perils of outer space  rather than the jungle. To pass the time while their father’s away, two brothers,… Read More
Raya and the Last Dragon
Five kingdoms along a dragon-shaped river have been feuding for centuries. Princess Raya’s father, the king of one of the kingdoms, decides to hold a grand banquet, inviting all the… Read More
Chasing Mavericks
This week’s film tells the true story of Jay Moriarity, a teen surfer who gained fame in the 90s after surfing particularly enormous and dangerous waves in California. Though only… Read More
Duma
When the young South African boy Xan finds an orphaned baby cheetah, he decides to raise it, calling it Duma. When the cat becomes too old to continue raising on… Read More
The Sleepover
Here’s a light-hearted action comedy with a ridiculous but very fun plot. After her parents deny her permission to attend a party one night, the teenage Clancy and her friend… Read More