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Movie review: 'An Invisible Sign'
Movie review: 'An Invisible Sign'

The earnest but fatally uneven "An Invisible Sign" opens with an animated sequence depicting an exceptionally bleak -- and decidedly inappropriate -- fairy tale being told by a father (the veteran John Shea) to his daughter, Mona (Bailee Madison), and her guests on her 10th birthday. Not long after the party the father collapses during a jog and ends up a mental basket case. Mona is so traumatized that she embarks on a course of rigorous self-deprivation while embracing her passion for numbers, believing that hitting upon the right ones in the right amount will cure her mathematician father. A decade later the adult Mona (Jessica Alba), repressed and withdrawn, her father no...