A curiously subdued offering from Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball). Johnny Depp plays a rather inexpressive J.M. Barrie, stuck in a loveless marriage, turning out flop plays, and hopelessly attracted to a lovely widow (Kate Winslet, in English rose mode) and her four adorable apple-cheeked sons. Barrie’s constant attentions to the family are here portrayed as innocent and selfless (though well past the bounds of propriety, according to Winslet’s dragon-lady mother, Julie Christie in a dazzling performance). The plays and amusements the boys put on—by far the most successfully magical scenes in the movie—inspire Barrie to create his great work, Peter Pan. PG, 101 min.