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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Which fictional aliens are the nicest?

This weekend we are greeted by yet another paranoid science fiction fantasy: Aliens are out there, and they hate us, and they think we’re only good for dissecting and probing anally and other unpleasant things. I speak of the film Skyline, of course, opening today on both sides of the Atlantic. The movie did not screen for critics — I’ll check it out today and let you know just how bad it is — and the plot is a bit of a mystery, but here’s what we know:

Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.

That cannot be good.
I suppose it must be acknowledged that nice aliens won’t invade us in dramatic ways that require millions of dollars in special FX to depict, but still: couldn’t we get overrun just once in a cinematic while by little green men who want to hug us until we are agreeably contented?

Which fictional aliens are the nicest?

I’m thinking E.T. and Starman gotta be up there in the rankings. Who else?

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