Just to add a note: it happened to me also, because I have /usr/local as
a symlink to /home/local (in a different partition) and evince (or
apparmor) correctly complained.
So all fonts from Microsoft, which are installed in /usr/local/font,
came out blank.
Setting aa-complain solved momentarily the thing, then an edit of the
profiles is recommended.
Now, 'some font thing failed' is not exactly a very informative error
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