The reasons for the critical and audience gap have been discussed and well dissected elsewhere, some time ago and really I find it hard to participate in a thread where I find the really appropriate thing to say is "Google it". The answer is out there, it's been done, you should know this if you really do take your analysis of films and their production seriously and I'd expect an awareness of this in the OP.
No, really, the problem comes down to a guy who seems to make lots of bizarre and incongruous statements but proclaims them in a superior and dismissive tone. Buscemi, while never actually recorded as saying something deeper than "Seen it!", still attempts to pass himself off as a great defender of intellectual analysis. While real reviewers with degrees and doctorates from ivory towers in film studies will happily go into the aspects of something like Chronicle, this internet critic will merely drone out lines that feel like they were written for the Comic Book Guy
and then pose himself as being so much deeper than the world.
The question for anyone in this thread should not be "Why Do We Still Go See Movies?" but "What to do when stuck between the self-indulgent "I just don't get it" and the proudly moronic "If an artist wants to make a statement, they can pay me for my time"."
I personally still struggle for an answer but my feelings are that when fringe nutters on the internet start talking absolute crap, in a place that is not devoted to such crap, you must not try to engage it on its own terms. If this was reality, social behaviour would penalise people randomly taking up extreme positions that make normal people feel uncomfortable. On the internet you must replicate the same effect. So for the statement "If an artist wants to make a statement, they can pay me for my time", do not bother to debate the actual merits of artistic quality of the person. Remind them of how their views are normally that associated with people who suffer childhood abuse in preparation for a life of menial labour. Point out the flaws not in the statement but in the mindset that must accompany them. After all, if you're debating with a crazy person, logic and reason wouldn't help you anyway, so first try to ascertain whether they are in fact crazy.
In the real world, you normally wouldn't have to do that but this is the internet. We don't have the social structure to stop people from unloading issues from their warped psychologies so you'll have to do it for yourself.
Don't just tell us the facts; tell us the memes, tell us the archetypes, tell us the catchy ideas and symbolic roles that get planted in pe