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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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
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
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
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
Home Team
Sean Payton (Kevin James) was doing well as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints football team, but when he’s suspended for a year following a sports scandal, he… Read More
Empire of the Sun
It’s the 1940s, and Jamie Graham (played by a young Christian Bale) is a British schoolboy living in Shanghai with his parents. He enjoys an upper class lifestyle, but takes… Read More
The Long Walk Home
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here’s an historical drama from 1990. In 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, the upper-class well-to-do Miriam (Sissy Spacek) is happy to have the help… 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
Jingle Jangle
Here’s a whimsical and imaginative story to consider as Christmastide comes to an end. Soon after the inventor and toymaker Jeronicus Jangle finishes a prototype of his latest wondrous toy,… Read More