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 Railway Children
The three Waterbury children live an idyllic life in early 1900’s England. But after their loving father is mysteriously beckoned away by strangers (“for business” their mother says), they’re forced… Read More
The Bad Guys
When Mr. Wolf and his gang of thieves get caught trying to steal a valuable award, everyone expects they’ll be spending a lot of time in jail. But the quick-thinking… 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
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
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