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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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
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
I Can Only Imagine
Growing up, Bart Millard considers his abusive father (Dennis Quaid) to be a monster, but keeps the abuse a secret from his friends, instead seeking solace in music, eventually finding… Read More
Joan of Arc
Although All Saints’ Day refers to all saints, both known and unknown, here’s a classic 1948 film about one of the most famous saints. Devout in her faith and dedicated… 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
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
Au revoir, les enfants
This week’s film, whose title translates to Goodbye, Children, is a foreign drama that’s more appropriate for older viewers. In 1944 occupied France, the young Julien miserably returns to the… Read More
Breakthrough
It’s always refreshing to see characters pray earnestly to God, reminding us of the relationship He wants with us. And the prayers said in this week’s film are all the… Read More
The Straight Story
Alvin Straight is 73 and in poor health. When he gets a call that his older brother has had a stroke, he decides he must pay him a visit. Ten… 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
Monsieur Vincent
Here’s a classic French film based on the life of a famous saint. It’s the year 1617 when Vincent arrives in Chatillon, France, to serve as the area’s new priest.… Read More