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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Iron Will
In the last week of January 1917 (that is, 106 years ago this week), a young man raced through brutal winter weather and rough terrain to finish a 500-mile dog… Read More
An American Tail
This week’s film is an animated classic from the mid-80’s. After their home in Russia is destroyed, the seven-year-old mouse Fievel and his family board a ship bound for New… Read More
Ruby Bridges
It’s 1960 in New Orleans and six-year-old Ruby Bridges is one of the brightest children in her racially segregated school. When the NAACP asks Ruby’s parents if they’d allow her… Read More
Matilda the Musical
This week’s film is a recent release. We recommended the 1996 adaptation some time ago, but that version had a serious lack of singing and dancing.  Based on the popular… Read More
Noelle
Here’s one more holiday film before Christmastide comes to an end this week. Noelle (Anna Kendrick) is the daughter of Santa Claus, and loves the family Christmas business. After her… Read More
The Claus Family
Coping with the recent death of his father, Jules is in no mood to celebrate Christmas. But his enthusiasm returns when he discovers his grandfather is Santa Claus. Eager to… Read More
The Nativity Story
“He is for all mankind.” With Christmas Day less than a week away, this week’s film is a change of pace from the past few weeks’ comedies, as we remind… Read More
8-Bit Christmas
As Christmas approaches, Jake Doyle’s daughter begs for a phone for Christmas, inspiring Jake to recount a particular Christmas of his own in the late 80’s, when all he wanted… Read More
Christmas in Connecticut
Here’s a seasonal romantic comedy from the 40’s. Elizabeth Lane is a successful columnist, writing about cooking and life with her husband and baby on her picturesque Connecticut farm. When… Read More
The Grinch
With Advent officially here, this week’s film is a recent adaptation of a Dr. Suess holiday classic. You’re no doubt already familiar with the premise. The Grinch, living alone on… Read More
You Can’t Take It with You
With Thanksgiving only a couple days away, here’s a classic film about appreciating family and friendship over money and social status. Tony (Jimmy Stewart) is in love, but his parents… Read More