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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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
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
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
The One and Only Ivan
Here’s a lighthearted family film featuring animals who, in typical children’s story fashion, can speak to each other, but not to humans. Rescued from poachers as a baby and raised… Read More
Penguin Bloom
After a terrible accident leaves the young mother Sam Bloom (Naomi Watts) paralyzed from the waist down, she and her family struggle to adapt to new routines. Sam is especially… Read More
The Jungle Book
Disney’s 2016 live-action (well, live-action / CGI hybrid) adaptation of The Jungle Book builds on both Rudyard Kipling’s original story collection and Disney’s own 1967 animated feature, shaping the stories… Read More
Dolphin Tale
Inspired by the true story of a dolphin who lost her tail after getting trapped in a tangle of rope (and featuring the dolphin as herself), Dolphin Tale follows a… Read More
Dr. Dolittle
Grab your matching PJ’s and get ready for some kid friendly fun adventure with Dr. Dolittle. Dr. John Dolittle lives in solitude behind the high walls of his lush manor… Read More
Finding Nemo
Today we dive deep. Deep into the ocean, that is, as we explore the Australian reef with Marlin and Dory.  Today’s film is Finding Nemo, a Disney Pixar classic. When… Read More
The Lion King
There’s a lot of hype around an upcoming Disney movie, and because of that, it’s time to revisit the original: The Lion King, released in 1994.  The Lion King is… Read More