“24 Days” — A fact-based drama inspired by Ilan Halimi, a Jewish cellphone salesman who was held captive in Paris for 24 days while his family was blackmailed. With Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbe and Jacques Gamblin. Written by Antoine Lacomblez, Emilie Freche and Alexandre Arcady. Directed by Arcady. In French with English subtitles. (1:48) NR.
WASHINGTON — Writing a check has always been a fundamentally strange act. There’s the fussy ceremony of writing out the amount in words and drawing the squiggly line across the remainder of the space, ostensibly to protect against a type of fraud — tampering with individual digits — that’s quaint by today’s standards. There’s the questionable business of handing a complete stranger a document with your bank account and routing number printed plainly across it.