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 Flowers of St. Francis
This 1950 Italian film dramatizes just a small part of the life and works of the popular 12th century Italian friar, Saint Francis of Assisi, known for founding the Franciscans.… Read More
Shazam!
Billy Batson is a 14 year old orphan who’s determined to track down his birth mother, which means he’s often running away from foster homes and getting in trouble. Not… Read More
Ratatouille
Here’s a modern classic from Pixar. Remy is a rat who has a love for delicious food and an obsession with cooking. But his rat family doesn’t care about his… 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
Oliver!
This week’s film is a classic musical which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1968. Based on the stage musical, itself based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, the… 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