Have you heard the rare amazing news? NASA and European astronomers have found seven Earth-sized planets! They’re some 40 light years away, orbiting a dwarf star. That’s not close, but it’s not too far, and some of them may have the right atmosphere to contain oceans, if not land — or even life. That’s right: We may (or may not!) be close to proving intelligent life exists somewhere else — unless the non-intelligent people running our government decide to gut NASA next week. Hopefully these alien species, should they be real, don’t have their own Milo, too.
If movies and TV and books have taught us anything, it’s to be Trumpian about this: Aliens tend to be belligerent. Maybe they’re terrorists! But not all movie aliens are evil. Sometimes filmmakers chill out and give us something like “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Contact” or “Arrival,” in which extraterrestrials way superior to humans reach out, offer an olive branch — and, in "Stood Still" and "Arrival," encounter military types who act like tetchy morons.
Here, then, are 11 movie aliens we’d like to hang out with (and three we’d put in the "eh, probably not" category):