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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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
Peter Pan
The magical story of the boy who refuses to grow up comes to life in this faithful adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan. As the twelve year old Wendy… Read More
Nightbooks
When no one shows up for Alex’s scary-themed birthday party, he begins to hate himself and his interest in writing scary stories. While running away to destroy his story notebooks,… Read More
The Witches
Nine year old Luke and his grandmother are spending the summer at a seaside hotel, where Luke discovers a large convention of child-hating witches taking place. Eavesdropping on their plans,… 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
Muppet Treasure Island
Here’s a classic adventure story perfect for the summer, told through the unique comedy of the Muppets. Jim Hawkins is a young orphan working at an inn whose life is… Read More
Nightjohn
“Words are freedom.” Sarny is a young girl growing up as a slave on a Southern plantation in the 1830’s. Though life is rough, she feels fortunate to be chosen… 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
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
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
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Here’s a whimsical classic from the 70s. The master candy maker Willy Wonka is famous throughout the world for his delicious treats, but he hides in his secretive factory where… Read More